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melt away

1. To change from a solid state into a liquid; to melt. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "melt" and "away." The sun should melt away some of this snow. The ice melted away in a matter of minutes.
2. To lessen and disappear. My nerves just melted away as soon as I stepped on the stage and started to sing.
3. To cause something to lessen and disappear. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "melt" and "away." That massage was great—it totally melted all of my tension away.
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melt something away

to cause something to melt into a liquid. The sun melted the ice away. The sun melted away the ice.
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melt away

to melt into a liquid. The ice cubes melted away quickly in the intense heat. When the wax candles melted away, they ruined the lace tablecloth.
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melt away

v.
1. To dissipate or fade away by or as if by melting: As the sun rose, the fog melted away.
2. To cause something to dissipate or fade away by or as if by melting: The medication melted my anxiety away. The soothing words melted away the child's fears.
See also: away, melt
References in classic literature ?
I'm very sorry, indeed," said Dorothy, who was truly frightened to see the Witch actually melting away like brown sugar before her very eyes.
And high time we were," thought D'Artagnan, "for Aramis's horse is melting away like a steed of ice.
They all asked for reinforcements and all said that the Russians were holding their positions and maintaining a hellish fire under which the French army was melting away.
I know she was a little plump lassie then, with a pretty pink and white face: now she's a poor little bit of a creature, fading and melting away like a snow-wreath.
Summary: The UK is expecting another arctic blast of snow, as the big freeze shows no sign of melting away.
5m icebergs the size of the one that sank the Titanic are melting away each year, research has shown.
The glacier is just one of many in Peru and other mountainous regions around the world that are rapidly melting away.
It's worked remarkably well compared to other therapies, melting away very large tumors," says Kenneth W.
With all the heat from the crowd and the opening-day cameras, the gelato is melting away, but not before we grab a lick of Cookies and Cream -- a little sugar rush to push us down the mall.
If that wasn't enough to worry about, there's the matter of all that ice melting away in the Arctic and Antarctic, which has the potential to slow, rearrange or even stop current ocean circulation patterns, with potentially profound effects for life on Earth, above and below the waves.
The experience of defeat, together with the melting away of the Chartist rank and file, highlighted these intellectual and political differences.
And the 21 grams of saturated fat (a day's worth) in Hardee's bowl and the 33 grams in Carl's (plus its three-day supply of cholesterol) could be a wee problem if the pounds don't start melting away.
The stigma attached to owning a used car is melting away," Stamps says.
He said: "UK manufacturing is melting away in front of our eyes.
Although Luciana was clearly concerned about their son getting too much sun, she had no worries about the lolly melting away - after getting a settlement from Jagger, 56, reported to be worth pounds 5million plus pounds 17,000 a month.