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burn off

1. To cause something to disperse or evaporate through heating. Don't worry, most of the alcohol will burn off once you pour the wine into the hot pain. When will this fog burn off?
2. To use fire to destroy existing vegetation. We need to burn off the field before the next planting season.
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burn something off something

 and burn something off
to cause excess volatile or flammable substance to burn until there is no more of it. We burnt the gasoline off the water's surface. Why did you burn off the gasoline?
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burn off

[for some excess volatile or flammable substance] to burn away or burn up. A film of oil on the surface of the water was burning off, making dense black smoke. The alcohol burned off and left a delicious flavor in the cherries jubilee.
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burn off

1. Dissipate by heat, as in The sun will soon burn off the morning fog.
2. Clear land by burning vegetation, as in They've decided to burn off part of the field to prepare it for another planting. This practice has long been common in many parts of the world, but the precise term dates only from the first half of the 1800s.
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"However, if the ship sinks before the oil burns off, the cleanup procedure would be extremely difficult.
Load-bearing exercises with light weights should be done first as this burns off excess carbohydrates, followed by flexibility exercises and rounding off with cardio, which burns off fat.
Ninety percent of the natural gas that Iran currently flares or burns off will be gathered and used with two years, according to Deputy Oil Minister Mohsen Khojasteh-Mehr.
The 2.2-liter MZR-CD 2.2 diesel engine clears Euro 5 European emission regulation as the engine burns off soot 60 percent faster than current systems, the Japanese automaker said.
Claudia Schiffer exercises her upper arms by going clay-pigeon shooting, while Kate Moss burns off calories by going horse riding.
Get out from behind your desk in your lunch break and get moving - taking a brisk 15 minute walk burns off 80 calories.
Every year, the oil industry burns off up to 170 billion cubic meters of natural gas released in the oil extraction process, according to a new report from the World Bank.
Braking a fast-moving scraper or dump truck with a full load down a 20 percent grade burns off rubber like a hot rod taking off from a dead stop.
"Ice skating is an ideal form of exercise as it's lots of fun, burns off a huge amount of calories and you can involve the whole family."
The average kiss burns off 26 calories and, if you're lucky, you may be getting more than your share of lip action this festive season.
This raises temperatures in the trap to 600[degrees], which burns off the trapped particulates.
It happened as they sent two volunteers to a hotel to find out if love-making burns off as many calories as the gym.
Some people have a much harder time losing weight because they lack a 'turbocharger' in their cells that burns off fat in those lucky enough to have it, the researchers say.
It's used as a fugitive binder in ceramics and brazing because it burns off cleanly in sintering ovens, leaving only C02 and water.
But, according to hydrologists, global warming may be the largest contributor to water scarcity as surface water burns off before it can restore water reserves.