boil (something) away

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boil (something) away

To boil a liquid for so long that it evaporates. If you don't put the pasta in the pot soon, you will boil all of the water away.
See also: away, boil

boil something away

 
1. Lit. to boil a liquid until it is gone altogether. She left the kettle on and boiled the water away. Boil away some of that water.
2. Lit. to remove a volatile chemical from a solution by boiling. Boil the alcohol away or the sauce will be ruined. You should boil away some of the liquid.
See also: away, boil
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The coffee was never really made, but spluttered over every one, and boiled away, doing just what was required of it--that is, providing much cause for much noise and laughter, and spoiling a costly rug and the baroness's gown.
Their contents had all boiled away, leaving in the bottom of each kettle a few grains of fine white powder.
In a new study this week in Nature Geoscience, Rice petrologist Rajdeep Dasgupta and colleagues offer a new answer to a long-debated geological question: How did carbon-based life develop on Earth, given that most of the planet's carbon should have either boiled away in the planet's earliest days or become locked in Earth's core?
Given that carbon is a volatile element - one that has a low boiling point - it should have either boiled away into space during Earth's hot formative years, or become locked in the planet's core, attracted by iron-rich alloys there that have a strong affinity for carbon.
However, with surface temperatures around 860 F (460 C), any oceans would have long since boiled away to steam and Venus is uninhabitable today.
Pour over the wine and cook for 10 mins more until most of it has boiled away.
A silica coating on the impact layers indicates that the sea surface boiled away, leaving behind the dissolved silica.
At the strike meeting, a dyers' helper from Naples rose as if from the steam of his labor, lifted up his hand and said here is the red flag: brightly stained with dye for the silk of bow ties and scarves, the skin and fingernails boiled away for six dollars a week in the dye house.
Furthermore, large collisions as late as about four billion years ago may have repeatedly boiled away existing oceans into steamy atmospheres.
This was truly a bad sign and most observers saw it as evidence that the comet was disintegrating, effectively being boiled away by the heat of the sun.
But the health departments have since intervened, and the closest available beverage is a pale and watery apple juice whose bite and character have been boiled away.
When almost all of the sap has been boiled away, I transfer it to a smaller pan and move to the indoor kitchen stove.
spray a little oil on the mini plastic pan, crack an egg into it, add the correct amount of water (the small measuring jug tells you just how much according to how you want the egg done), put the clear lid on and once the water's boiled away it's done.
Owners, developers and investors look for these individuals--whose ethics haven't been boiled away by the recession or other difficult factors--who demonstrate true grit.
Hot-water pools boiled away, new mud pots formed, and the extreme jump in temperature killed several trees.