noun, Informal.
a gradual building up of anger, as opposed to an immediate outburst:
I did a slow burn as the conversation progressed.
a steadily penetrating show of anger or contempt
Slowly increasing anger. It is often put as do a slow burn, meaning “gradually grow angrier,” as in I did a slow burn when he kept me waiting for three hours. The burn in this idiom comes from burn up in the sense of “make furious.” The term was first cited in 1938 and was closely associated with comedian Edgar Kennedy.


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