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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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In spite of the fact that Islam controls celebration, all Muslims especially boys and girls, feel happy in burning the midnight oil during the penultimate night of Eid and beautifying their hands and feet with henna.
Dubai: Picture the good ol' days - sneaking in late to a boring lecture, rushing to find seating at the back row of the lecture theatre, and burning the midnight oil in the 24-hour library.
MANCHESTER UNITED were burning the midnight oil last night to ensure their pursuit of Dimitar Berbatov eventually ended in success.
It's been a struggle to complete this last report, and I admit I've spent too much time doing other things when I should have been burning the midnight oil.
And the Pendle MP added: "I wonder what the judges think about this, who may be burning the midnight oil working on judgments.
I remember burning the midnight oil, swatting every text book until I could recite it word for word.
They might be up and out early for a breakfast meeting to discuss a land deal or burning the midnight oil finishing the budget.
Taking university courses is no longer merely an experience in burning the midnight oil.
And it doesn't appear that the pendulum will stop here, because farm groups supporting both sides of the country-of-origin labeling issue are burning the midnight oil, pleading their cases and garnering support.
Publishers may be burning the midnight oil to issue new textbooks with revised chapters on underwriting commercial risks now that the destruction of the World Trade Center has set traditional underwriting on its tail.
Just over half of men are paid for nights spent burning the midnight oil, compared with a third of women.
The MTA also seems incapable of keeping track of drivers who are burning the midnight oil at second jobs.