Burn-someone-down



burn someone down

To shoot someone
To deflate; humiliate: He’s so cocky someone has to burn him down (1930s+)

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  • Burn-someone-up

    burn someone up (also burn someone off) To anger someone: His egocentricity burns me up (1930s+) To put someone to death in the electric chair (1920s+) To cheat; swindle; victimize (1930s+ Circus) see: burn up , def. 1.

  • Burn-the-mid-night-oil

    to undergo rapid combustion or consume fuel in such a way as to give off heat, gases, and, usually, light; be on fire: The fire burned in the grate. (of a fireplace, furnace, etc.) to contain a fire. to feel heat or a physiologically similar sensation; feel pain from or as if from a fire: […]



  • Burn-to-a-cinder

    Also, burn to a crisp. Destroy by fire; overcook. For example, If I stay in the sun too long, I’ll be burnt to a cinder, or He’s an awful cook—dinner was burnt to a crisp. Although both expressions can be used literally, they also function as hyperbole, as in the examples.

  • Burn-up

    to undergo rapid combustion or consume fuel in such a way as to give off heat, gases, and, usually, light; be on fire: The fire burned in the grate. (of a fireplace, furnace, etc.) to contain a fire. to feel heat or a physiologically similar sensation; feel pain from or as if from a fire: […]



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