burned to a cinder

burn to a cinder

1. (of food) To overcook something to the point of charring it. A noun or pronoun can be used between "burn" and "to." I forgot about the bread I'd put in the oven and burned it to a cinder.
2. (of a person) To cause to become severely sunburned. A noun or pronoun can be used between "burn" and "to." If you lay on the beach all day without any sunscreen, you'll get burned to a cinder.
See also: burn, cinder

burned to a cinder

burned very badly. [Very often used figuratively.] I stayed out in the sun too long, and I am burned to a cinder. This toast is burnt to a cinder.
See also: burn, cinder
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William Durnan, 44, survived the blast but ended up "looking like the professor from Back to the Future, with his clothing and hair burned to a cinder," a court heard yesterday.
You can't blame me, I'm a woman, I'm not meant to be here," said Caroline as she retrieved the pork pies which had burned to a cinder while the men were in the pub.
Station Officer Des Lloyd of West Bromwich fire station said: "The couple had left the microwave on with food inside and it had burned to a cinder, filling their flat with smoke.
All his clothes were burned to a cinder and paramedics found him bleeding and burnt - saying, ``Tell my wife I love her.
AN EFFIGY of Osama bin Laden was burned to a cinder last night as onlookers cheered.
Rebecca Worrell, four, watched in disbelief as her pop-up tent flew into overhead power lines and burned to a cinder.