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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 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. 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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Miss McMahon said that Snowden came on the phone and threatened to burn down the pub and she told him: "Do it it's insured.
And it isn't long until he threatens her with physical violence, telling her he'll burn down the house, but first she will give him oral sex.
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.
This plays out in an area so dry and tinderbox-like, one wonders at the sense of encouraging frivolous pyromania, though Burnett's probably cagey enough to prevent a headline like ``Americans burn down Africa'' from getting out).
The assumption is that those who do not have these materials will either break out in red-eyed rioting rage and burn down the countryside, or sit quietly on curbstones and die.
A man who threatened to burn down his ex-wife's house while he was on bail for starting two fires at his own home was jailed yesterday for four and a half years.
For more advanced users, a full application interface in a traditional Windows format lets users specify the details of a burn down to the deepest levels, if desired.
One day I went into St Patrick's Cathedral and prayed the theatre would burn down.
THE adoptive gran of Russian orphan whose new family sent him back Moscow alone on a plane claims the boy threatened to burn down the family home with them in it.