burn someone up

burn up

1. To destroy something with fire or heat. It's getting cold in here because all the logs in the fireplace have burned up. Without its heat shields, the spacecraft is in danger of burning up during reentry.
2. To cause to become angry or annoyed. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is often used between "burn" and "up." Gossip like that just burns me up—I can't believe people would say such awful things about me!
3. To deplete a particular thing or resource. Unfortunately, all those plumbing problems have already burned up our renovation budget.
4. To impact something to a great or excessive degree. Sir, protestors are burning up our phone lines—what should we do? That viral video is burning up the Internet right now.
5. To easily defeat or outshine all competitors. With all of your qualifications, you'll burn up all the other applicants for the job.
6. To travel very fast. Often used to describe driving in the phrase "burn up the road." Have you seen my new car? Man, I can't wait to take it out and burn up the road!
7. To have a high fever. Jenny has been lethargic all day, and she's burning up now, so I'm taking her to the doctor.
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burn someone up

tv. to make someone very angry. That kind of thing just burns me up.
See also: burn, up