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burn down

1. To destroy something with fire. We watched helplessly as our house burned down despite the firefighters' efforts.
2. To weaken or wane, as of a flame. Get the birthday girl in here—the candles on her cake are burning down!
3. slang To embarrass someone (who can be mentioned between "burn" and "down"). Andrew must be really insecure because he's always trying to burn other people down with snide comments.
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burn someone down

Sl. to humiliate someone. Man, don't you ever burn me down like that again! You just want to burn down everybody to make yourself seem better.
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burn something down

[for a fire] to destroy a building completely. The fire burned the barn down. It burned down the barn.
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burn down

 
1. [for a building] to be destroyed by fire. The barn burned down. There was a fire, and the old factory was burned down.
2. [for a fire] to burn and dwindle away. The flame burned down and then went out. As the fire burned down, it began to get cold.
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burn down

1. Completely consume by fire, burn to the ground, as in Their house burned down and they had nowhere to go. [Mid-1800s]
2. Diminish for lack of fuel, as in The fire will soon burn down. [Late 1800s]
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After being told they will have to work two years longer, they have taken to the streets to burn them down.
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Muslims are given permission to fight to protect these places of worship and not to burn them down.
FLICKERING candlelight is perfect for dark winter evenings and Woolworth's range is stunning, so good in fact you'll be loath to light them and burn them down.
The difference being that these sculptures are cared for and thugs not allowed to burn them down.
OFFICES at a newspaper were under armed guard last night after feuding families vowed to burn them down.
They must pay attention to what makes residents want to rebuild and maintain their own neighborhoods, rather than burn them down.