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burn to a cinder

1. (of food) To overcook something to the point of charring it. A noun or pronoun can be used between "burn" and "to." I forgot about the bread I'd put in the oven and burned it to a cinder.
2. (of a person) To cause to become severely sunburned. A noun or pronoun can be used between "burn" and "to." If you lay on the beach all day without any sunscreen, you'll get burned to a cinder.
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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.
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burn to a cinder

Also, burn to a crisp. Destroy by fire; overcook. For example, If I stay in the sun too long, I'll be burnt to a cinder, or He's an awful cook-dinner was burnt to a crisp. Although both expressions can be used literally, they also function as hyperbole, as in the examples.
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burnt to a cinder (or crisp)

completely burnt through, leaving only the charred remnant.
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burn something to a ˈcinder/ˈcrisp

cook something for too long or with too much heat, so that it becomes badly burnt: Alan left the potatoes for so long that they were burnt to a crisp.
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Sleepy Catchfly; rare, one site with many plants; cindery area of Unit 1; BSUH 11620.
Carpetweed; infrequent; disturbed areas and cindery area; BSUH 10679, 11409.
Buckhorn or Bracted Plantain; rare, but abundant at one site; cindery area; BSUH 11528.
Canada Bluegrass; common; dry hillsides, roadsides, cindery area and waste places; BSUH 11382, 11384, 11654.
Wood: Poverty Grass; rare, one site; cindery area; BSUH 11633.
The sharp red of "Rubies" practically vibrates against a cindery light; it's a red with black in it, royal and radical at once.
A vehicle takes you to the summit, where you get a quick look at the cindery, burnt-umber-colored crater.
395 and drop down into Mono Basin, passing the dark, cindery Mono Craters and glassy-surfaced Mono Lake.
Blue movie of windows brings me to a cindery river, switching stations, rosebrick gardens, Sunnyside, Queens.