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burn away

1. To continue burning (as of something that is already ablaze). We watched helplessly as our house burned away despite the firefighters' efforts. The candles on the birthday cake burned away while Molly made a wish.
2. To obliterate with fire, as of an object or substance that has been ignited. It's getting cold in here again because all the logs in the fireplace have burned away.
3. To use heat to remove something, as in a medical procedure. In this usage, a noun can be used between "burn" and "away." The doctor told me that he will have to burn away some tissue to alleviate my pain.
See also: away, burn

burn something away

to remove or destroy something by burning. The doctor burned the wart away. The doctor burned away the wart.
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burn away

 
1. [for something] to burn until there is no more of it. All the oil burned away. The logs burned away and the fireplace was cooling down.
2. for something to keep on burning. The little fire burned away brightly, warming the tiny room. The candle burned away, giving a tiny bit of light to the huge room.
See also: away, burn
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Why the eclipse upsets all the animals in the ocean, how the heat burns away the ring of matter around the airy core, the violated heart of violent apple.
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Just unbelievable behaviour from a group of so called leaders who fiddle while the UK economy burns away in front of their eyes.
After it burns away, expect sunshine once again and highs in the mid 20s.
Always, though, I am anxious to discover what I will see when the sun finally burns away the mist.
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Heating at 600o C burns away the polymer and organic material, leaving behind a structure composed almost entirely of polyerystalline titanium dioxide.
Compressing a gas increases its temperature and a meteor can reach temperatures up to 1650C ( so hot that it glows as it burns away.
When metal clay is fired in a kiln, the hinder burns away and the metal particles fuse into pure silver or gold.
In turbulently-filled molds, the hammering of the surface by collapsing bubbles oxidizes and burns away the binder, mechanically dislodging the grains of sand with lost or weakened bonds.
The air hangs around us like a cartoon bubble that says "heat and humidity," as the foggy cool of early morning turns furnace-like and the sun burns away the mist.
To increase the durability of the nanocoating, Rubner's group heats it to 500[degrees]C, a step that burns away the polymer and fuses the glass nanoparticles.
And he is confident he can prise Burns away from his role at Parkhead to replace Bobby Williamson.