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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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The blaze entered the village of Sokol and burned down two houses.
Mr Smyth said: "We had an allotment holder who was there from 7pm to 1am and as soon as he went more sheds were burned down.
The afternoon of bloodshed began in Kinston, near the Alabama-Florida border, where the man burned down his mother's house.
During the December election, Barzani's security forces stood idly by as mobs loyal to his Kurdistan Democratic Party burned down the local headquarters of the Kurdistan Islamic Union, killing four.
In the same month, extremists burned down the Church of Matha Mary in the village of Pusnar in the state of Chattisgarh.
On the day that Alexander was born, the temple of the goddess Artemis at Ephesus burned down.
Now a senator and even the US President are seeking him out, and his house is searched and his barn burned down.
After the original Potter Building burned down in 1882, the building's owner, Orlando Potter, was determined to build a fireproof replacement and chose terra cotta because of its superior fire resistant quality and low price.
And it was SECOND time unlucky for the 20 year-old chart-topper - because she almost burned down her family home exactly the same way when she was still a teenager.
Describing him as one of Uncle Sam's "truest, red-white-and-bluest sons," News reporter Gib Twyman recalled that "a records center burned down in St.
A small amount of radioactive substance was discovered in an Air Self-Defense Force (ASDF) warehouse in Sayama, Saitama Prefecture, that burned down Wednesday, but there is no possibility that radioactive leakage occurred, the Air Staff Office said Thursday.
During that time, hundreds have died in street riots and at least one church has been burned down.
I Was in the House When the House Burned Down, which opens the disc, sees him look back at snapshots of his hard-lived life.
In the 1930s, the house burned down, the dams of the lakes were blown up, and the whole place was allowed to fall into forgotten bramble-covered silence.
Mollie's Quilts of Comfort project helps children and adults who have suffered extremely hard times: perhaps a homeless child, or maybe a family whose home has burned down.