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burn off

1. To cause something to disperse or evaporate through heating. Don't worry, most of the alcohol will burn off once you pour the wine into the hot pain. When will this fog burn off?
2. To use fire to destroy existing vegetation. We need to burn off the field before the next planting season.
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burn something off something

 and burn something off
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

[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 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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However, if the ship sinks before the oil burns off, the cleanup procedure would be extremely difficult.
Ninety percent of the natural gas that Iran currently flares or burns off will be gathered and used with two years, according to Deputy Oil Minister Mohsen Khojasteh-Mehr.
2 diesel engine clears Euro 5 European emission regulation as the engine burns off soot 60 percent faster than current systems, the Japanese automaker said.
Get out from behind your desk in your lunch break and get moving - taking a brisk 15 minute walk burns off 80 calories.
Their creation, directed by John Cusack collaborator Steve Pink, burns off its freshness in its first half hour and then settles into requisite genre machinations - nerds battling frat boys, nerds wooing willowy blondes, nerds making big speeches about how it's better to be different (exemplified here by cheating, binge drinking and smoking pot) than it is to conform (i.
Braking a fast-moving scraper or dump truck with a full load down a 20 percent grade burns off rubber like a hot rod taking off from a dead stop.
The average kiss burns off 26 calories and, if you're lucky, you may be getting more than your share of lip action this festive season.
It happened as they sent two volunteers to a hotel to find out if love-making burns off as many calories as the gym.
Sometimes, like Wednesday in Eugene, the fog never burns off.
Some people have a much harder time losing weight because they lack a 'turbocharger' in their cells that burns off fat in those lucky enough to have it, the researchers say.
It's used as a fugitive binder in ceramics and brazing because it burns off cleanly in sintering ovens, leaving only C02 and water.
But, according to hydrologists, global warming may be the largest contributor to water scarcity as surface water burns off before it can restore water reserves.
Deep slumber increases production of a growth hormone that quickens the metabolic rate and burns off calories.
Half an hour of swimming burns off the equivalent of a doughnut.
The regeneration power unit burns off collected soot to provide effective emissions control for vehicles with duty-cycle exhaust temperatures below 375 |degrees~ C.