to burn the midnight oil

  Les Élucubrations d’Antoine (1966) – photograph: Le Coin Zic – Antoine (Pierre Antoine Muraccioli, born in 1944) is a French pop singer, sailor and writer.     MEANING   to stay up very late in order to study or do some other work   ORIGIN   The word oil was used in various phrases referring to the use […]

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fit as a fiddle

  Caricature of Gabriel Harvey from Haue with you to Saffron-walden. Or, Gabriell Harueys hunt is vp (1596), by Thomas Nashe. Entitled The picture of Gabriell Harvey as he is readie to let fly upon Ajax, this caricature depicts him rushing to the toilet at the thought of Nashe’s publication. Ajax was a pun on […]

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