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burn off

[for some excess volatile or flammable substance] to burn away or burn up. A film of oil on the surface of the water was burning off, making dense black smoke. The alcohol burned off and left a delicious flavor in the cherries jubilee.
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burn something off something

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to cause excess volatile or flammable substance to burn until there is no more of it. We burnt the gasoline off the water's surface. Why did you burn off the gasoline?
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burn off

1. Dissipate by heat, as in The sun will soon burn off the morning fog.
2. Clear land by burning vegetation, as in They've decided to burn off part of the field to prepare it for another planting. This practice has long been common in many parts of the world, but the precise term dates only from the first half of the 1800s.
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And the experts say a walk around the town can burn off the pounds.
Some teenagers will relish the excuse to go dancing for four hours and 46 minutes to burn off over 2,000 calories.
A man of his size can burn off 1,300 calories if he does the breaststroke for an hour, while tennis leads to a net loss of 900.
I obviously realise that running is great exercise and there is the potential to burn off hundreds of calories but this does not come without lots of hard work.
5 stone) woman can burn off 300 kcals during an hour of painting the walls, while a 70 kg (11 stone) man can burn 435 kcals.
An even larger thinning project is proposed around the mountain community of Wrightwood, and neighboring San Bernardino National Forest plans to burn off this month or next several hundred acres of old brush in a canyon southeast of the community.
Is it true that if I wear a sweatsuit to exercise, I will burn off twice the calories?
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In addition, says Pounds, the observations suggest that extreme-ultraviolet sources at the core of distant galaxies have enough energy to burn off most of the hydrogen and other light-absorbing gases surrounding them, enabling the radiation to reach the Milky Way.
Don't forget that it would take a brisk 20-minute walk to burn off the 120 calories in each tablespoon of olive oil.
To lose one pound of body fat you need to burn off 3500 calories.
The more you train the more active your metabolism and the more calories you burn off.
The sun rises over the Cascade foothills off Sears Road south of Cottage Grove as low fog waits to burn off.
A gentle cycle ride will burn off a rasher of streaky bacon every 30 minutes.
This fun four-week workout guarantees to burn off the number of calories you have consumed during Christmas.