1 12 o'clock at night 午夜; 子夜; 半夜12点钟
*at/before/after midnight 在午夜时分[前/後]
* [attrib 作定语] a midnight visit, ie one made around midnight 半夜时的访问.
2 (idm 习语) burn the midnight oil => burn2.
12 o'clock at night
→middayat midnight The train is due in at midnight.after/before midnight We stayed there until way after midnight. You can't phone her now - it's gone midnight (=after midnight) ! By the time he arrived, it was well past midnight (=after midnight) .at/on the stroke of midnight
(=at exactly midnight) The treaty will come into force on the stroke of midnight tonight. He's gone for a midnight swim.
→burn the midnight oilatburn1
HINT sense 1
Do not say 'in the midnight'. If you mean 'at 12 o'clock at night' say at midnight
and if you mean 'very late at night' say in the middle of the night.
1. Between midnight and dawn, when sleep will not come and all the old wounds begin to ache. 从午夜到拂晓, 每当我毫无睡意, 所有昔日创痛开始发作的时候,
2. There is a post-midnight charge in London and Singapore, which explains why Singaporean taxis disappear after 11:30 PM and reappear at midnight. 在伦敦和新加坡还有种午夜后收费，这就是为什么新加坡的出租车在晚上11: 30后就消失，直到半夜后才又出现的原因。
3. Her husband had been dozing since midnight in a deserted little room. 她的丈夫自午夜后便在一个没人的小屋里打着盹。
4. He then does a couple of hours of work at home before going to bed at midnight. 接着再做两小时作业，直到半夜才上床睡觉。
5. She wore a green pendant suspended from midnight to 4 a.m. to permit repairs. 她戴了一个绿色饰物，是悬挂在银链上的。
6. I´m sorry.I´m not coming back until midnight. 我很抱歉,我会到午夜才回来.
7. I even went out at midnight with a torch and noted with satisfaction (and surprise) that the ants were still swarming around the sticky tape without being able to do anything about it. 半夜，我还拿着电筒来到花园里，满意地（同时惊奇地）发现那些蚂蚁还围着胶带团团转。无能为力。
8. In a heat wave we choose a midnight birthday party and that is the most exciting of all. 天气炎热时，我们便选择在半夜举办生日聚会，这种聚会是最令人激动的。
9. Imagine Japanese soldiers firing at passers-by in the streets of Beijing and Tianjin — and Kuomintang agents breaking into college dormitories at midnight to arrest anyone whose name was on the black list! 想象一下日本士兵在北京和天津的大街上向过路人开火——国民党密探深更半夜闯入大学的学生宿舍逮捕黑名单上的人！
10. In many companies, workers unwilling to burn the midnight oil are at risk. 在许多公司里，不愿意开夜车的职工的处境岌岌可危。