burned to a cinder

burned to a cinder

burned very badly. [Very often used figuratively.] I stayed out in the sun too long, and I am burned to a cinder. This toast is burnt to a cinder.
See also: burn, cinder
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It's bad enough, I'll say," rapped out the spare, angular woman, "to have everybody talking about the way Martin has ditched his son, without having the boy scattered to bits, or burned to a cinder.
You may imagine, if you can, how Queen Metanira shrieked, thinking nothing less than that her dear child would be burned to a cinder.
William Durnan, 44, survived the blast but ended up "looking like the professor from Back to the Future, with his clothing and hair burned to a cinder," a court heard yesterday.
You can't blame me, I'm a woman, I'm not meant to be here," said Caroline as she retrieved the pork pies which had burned to a cinder while the men were in the pub.
Station Officer Des Lloyd of West Bromwich fire station said: "The couple had left the microwave on with food inside and it had burned to a cinder, filling their flat with smoke.
All his clothes were burned to a cinder and paramedics found him bleeding and burnt - saying, ``Tell my wife I love her.
AN EFFIGY of Osama bin Laden was burned to a cinder last night as onlookers cheered.