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burn off

1. To disperse or evaporate as a result of heating. Don't worry, most of the alcohol will burn off once you pour the wine into the hot pan.
2. To cause something to disperse or evaporate through heating. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "burn" and "off." The sun should hopefully burn this fog off before we're due to set sail.
3. To use fire to destroy existing vegetation. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "burn" and "off." We need to burn off the dried brush in the field before the next planting season.
4. To expend something, typically energy or calories. I need to burn off that big dinner, so I'm going to hop on the treadmill for a bit. Let the dog run around outside and burn off some energy.
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burn something off something

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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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"But it's just the platform burning off excess gas which leads to a large amount of smoke.
Oil corporations drilling in Nigeria, many of them foreign-owned, have destroyed crops and sickened Nigerians over the past 40 years by burning off waste gases rather than safely disposing of them.
(B) burning off dots of pigment from the fruit's outer skin.
'They are too busy for problems now, it's just been incredible.': Burning off the calories:During 30 minutes skipping, an average 10-year-old, weighing 41kg (around 6st) would burn off 257 calories.
Down the back straight Town Crier was going best of all and was matched at a low of 1.5 despite needing to make up a load of ground on Locksmith, who held a clear lead turning in after burning off Colliers Court.
Believe it or not, even the simplest activities can contribute to burning off those pesky calories and help you fight the flab.
The artist's 1999 show at Fung had included an earlier series of gadgets with similar caveats: The DS300, 1999, for instance, allowed users to change their destinies by burning off their palm lines, but lacked a "destiny controller" that could replace the discarded futures with preferable alternatives.
Researchers studying metabolism are now surprised to find that people appear to fidget more when they overeat, burning off some excess calories--and people who stay lean despite over-indulging appear to fidget the most.
Some of the parts were further covered by a fine soot residue remaining from burning off rubber previously bonded to metallic parts.
The full MIM process involves mixing metal powder with a small amount of thermoplastic binder, injection molding the mix into a "green" part, burning off the plastic in a debinding oven, and then sintering the porous metal preform at higher temperature to yield a solid metal finished product.
He said the smoke was the result of increased 'flaring' - the burning off of excess gas - after a compressor had "tripped".
Iran is infamous in the industry for burning off immense quantities of natural gas that are produced as a natural byproduct of pumping oil.
London, Jan 23 (ANI): British scientists have developed a breathalyser that tells how much fat you are burning off at the gym.
THE rising stars of South Wales tennis will be burning off some of those Christmas calories next week at the annual South Wales County Closed Tennis Championships.
I am afraid there is no real shortcut to burning off calories through exercise ( you have to put in the work.