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Burn

1. In printing, the time at which an image is put on a plate.

2. In film, a ghost of an image that remains after the image has disappeared.
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COVENTRY Blaze coach Paul Thompson burned the midnight oil to snap up new signing Mike McLean and hopes to land another forward soon.
McLaren's engineers last night burned the midnight oil in a bid to cure the problems faced by the latest upgrade package that failed to deliver what had been expected.
As for Button, he burned the midnight oil in a bid to simply find the correct seat fitting that took another two hours to resolve once the session started and restricted him to just three laps within that time.