Night Owl

Meaning Of Idiom ‘Night Owl’ A night owl is a person who habitually stays up late at night and who prefers to be active during the night. 1Spears, Richard A. McGraw-Hill’s American Idioms Dictionary. Boston: McGraw Hill, 2008.,2Kirkpatrick, Elizabeth M. The Wordsworth Dictionary of Idioms. Ware: Wordsworth, 1995.  Examples Of Use “I’ve always been a night … Read more

Ships That Pass In The Night

Meaning of Idiom ‘Ships That Pass in the Night’ Two ships that pass in the night can have one of two meanings. More generally, it refers to individuals who know each other, are related, or intimate, but are not usually in the same place at the same time. A more dramatic and literary usage refers to two … Read more

Pitch Dark

Also: Pitch black Black as pitch Pitch darkness Pitch blackness Black as coal (rare) Meaning of Idiom ‘Pitch Dark’ All variations are more commonly used to describe darkness. Examples Of Use “I didn’t like camping. Being from the city, I found it hard to sleep in the pitch dark woods.” “The cloud cover made the night … Read more

Burn the Midnight Oil

Meaning Burn the midnight oil: to work very late, past the end of the regular work day, and late into the night, especially to study; to work very hard. Usage The idiom often suggests working late at night and in this sense, it is especially applied to studying, as for exams. However, it just as … Read more