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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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Echols of the Middle District of Tennessee sentenced Michael Corey Golden to 14 years and three months in prison and three years of supervised released for his role in vandalizing and burning down the Islamic Center in February 2008.
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At one point in his new memoir, Burning Down My Masters' House, disgraced New York Times reporter Jayson Blair reflects on his troubled final days at the paper: "I wished someone like the nun from the movie Airplane would walk in and slap me and tell me to get a hold of myself" If only she had, she might also have told him not to write this book.
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The spokesperson claimed that the SPLA defeat of the militias had forced the rebels groups to take revenge against the civilian population of Mayom County, burning down homes, destroying properties and commit atrocities under the pretext of cross-fire.