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burn down

1. To destroy something with fire. We watched helplessly as our house burned down despite the firefighters' efforts.
2. To weaken or wane, as of a flame. Get the birthday girl in here—the candles on her cake are burning down!
3. slang To embarrass someone (who can be mentioned between "burn" and "down"). Andrew must be really insecure because he's always trying to burn other people down with snide comments.
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burn someone down

Sl. to humiliate someone. Man, don't you ever burn me down like that again! You just want to burn down everybody to make yourself seem better.
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burn something down

[for a fire] to destroy a building completely. The fire burned the barn down. It burned down the barn.
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burn down

 
1. [for a building] to be destroyed by fire. The barn burned down. There was a fire, and the old factory was burned down.
2. [for a fire] to burn and dwindle away. The flame burned down and then went out. As the fire burned down, it began to get cold.
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burn down

1. Completely consume by fire, burn to the ground, as in Their house burned down and they had nowhere to go. [Mid-1800s]
2. Diminish for lack of fuel, as in The fire will soon burn down. [Late 1800s]
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He tried to burn down the ladies' toilets and then threw a sheepskin coat on top of the pub's al fresco seats and set it on fire.
He also admitted intimidation, a charge alleging that, knowing that Mr Gilkes was a potential witness in court proceedings, he threatened to assault him and burn down his home.
He accepted that Smith had not intended to burn down the house, but the people in the house and his neighbour thought that was what was going to happen.
Remarked Bos, "I just knew I had caused that barn to burn down.
Such work has not addressed logging, which removes only selected trees, or surface fires that burn down individual trees but do not denude the forest.
Additional reductions have or are being implemented to bring the monthly cash burn down to under $0.
A SKELMANTHORPE man has appeared in court after allegedly threatening to burn down his neighbour's house.
A MAN accused of murdering three people in a house fire threatened to burn down a woman's pub and her house with her children in it.
Washington, July 15 (ANI): If audiotapes are to be believed, then Mel Gibson once demanded sex from his then-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva and told her he would burn down the house afterwards.
Jeff Savage was filmed saying he was going to loot and burn down a multimillion pound shopping mall that was later destroyed by Red Shirt protesters.
THE adoptive gran of a Russian orphan whose new family sent him back to Moscow alone on a plane claims the boy threatened to burn down the family home with them in it.
When the killer tries to burn down the house in which the sheriff is entertaining a harlot, John is secretly pleased but saves the man's reputation as well as his hide.
A JILTED man who threatened to burn down his ex-girlfriend's home with her children inside was jailed for a year yesterday.