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Sam loves to communicate by using rebus puzzles. This is sometimes confusing for other residents of the university dormitory. One night, this sign was posted on Sam's door:
The other residents have no idea what Sam is up to. Do you?
Answer:Sam is "burning the midnight oil".
OIL is in the middle of NITE, so it is midNITE (or midnight) oil. Since the midnight oil is on FIRE, it is burning.
To "burn the midnight oil" means to stay up working, and especially studying, late at night. This harkens back to the days when people used oil lamps at night.
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