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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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Freddie Montgomery, for example, remembers a March day in his childhood, 'one of those blustery, Dutch days with china-blue sky and tumbling, cindery clouds', when he narrowly avoided being killed by a huge branch blown down by the gale-force wind.
I thought of my Aunt Gladys and Uncle Max sharing a Mounds bar in the cindery darkness of their alley, on beach chairs, each cool breeze sweet to them as the promise of afterlife, and after a while I rolled onto the gravel roads of the small park where Brenda was playing tennis.
The train bore me away, through the monstrous scenery of slag-heaps; chimneys, piled scrap-iron,foul canals, paths of cindery mud criss-crossed by the prints of clogs.
This site, hereafter called the cindery, is an area of approximately 0.
As the road snakes up and over the cindery shoulder of Lassen Peak, it climbs through conifer forests to lake-dotted meadows.
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.