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a burnt child dreads the fire

proverb Someone who has experienced some kind of negative situation or consequence will try to avoid making the same mistake or experiencing the same situation again. Joseph refuses to invest any money after losing his retirement fund during the stock market crash; a burnt child dreads the fire.
See also: burnt, child, fire

be burnt to a crisp

To be or have been significantly burned, as by fire or the sun. The variant spelling "burned" is also commonly used in the headword. If you don't get the bread out of the oven now, it will be burnt to a crisp! I fell asleep on the beach, and now I'm burnt to a crisp.
See also: burnt, crisp

be worn to a frazzle

To be highly agitated and perhaps exhausted due to having endured prolonged stress. I'm just worn to a frazzle after a week with my relatives. I'm so glad that they're leaving tomorrow!
See also: frazzle, worn

better than a poke in the eye (with a sharp stick)

cliché Not especially desirable, beneficial, or worthy of excitement, but still better than nothing; it could be worse. Many different variants of "sharp stick" are sometimes used. I mean, it was nice of him, but what will I do with a bowling ball? Oh well, better than a poke in the eye, I suppose! A: "Twenty long years of service, and all they're giving me is this cheap watch!" B: "Still, it's better than a poke in the eye with a sharp stick!" They're offering us $1,000 per person for the settlement. It's not much, but I guess it's better than a poke in the eye with a burnt stick.
See also: better, eye, poke, sharp

burn (someone or something) to a cinder

1. To burn something, typically when cooking it, to the extent that it is completely charred and blackened. I forgot about the bread I'd put in the oven and burned it to a cinder.
2. To burn someone severely (typically referring to sunburn). Often used in passive constructions. If you lay on the beach all day without any sunscreen, you'll get burned to a cinder.
See also: burn, cinder

burn (someone or something) to a crisp

1. To burn something, typically when cooking it, to the extent that it is completely charred and blackened. I forgot about the bread I'd put in the oven and burned it to a crisp.
2. To burn someone severely (typically referring to sunburn). Often used in passive constructions. If you lay on the beach all day without any sunscreen, you'll get burned to a crisp.
See also: burn, crisp

burn with a low blue flame

1. To feel intense anger, typically without expressing it. The phrase refers to the appearance of a flame in a gas burner. I was quiet all through dinner because Phil's comments about my appearance left me burning with a low blue flame.
2. slang To be very drunk. Do you remember last night at all? You were burning with a low blue flame!
See also: blue, burn, flame, low

burned out

1. Overworked or exhausted, especially to the point of no longer being able to maintain a particular level of performance or dedication. If you keep working nights and weekends, you're going to get burned out. She's probably burned out after studying all week.
2. slang Physically damaged by drug use. Typically used to describe an IV drug user's veins. I used to be an addict, honey, so my veins are all burned out these days.
3. slang Negatively impacted by drug use or addiction. You can't just dismiss these burned out students when they clearly need help and guidance.
4. slang Tolerant of a certain drug and thus unable to feel its effects anymore. I'm burned out on that stuff, man—it just does nothing for me anymore.
See also: burn, out

eyes like two burnt holes in a blanket

Eyes that are ringed with dark circles. It's only been a few weeks since we brought our infant daughter home, and I've already got eyes like two burnt holes in a blanket.
See also: blanket, burnt, eye, hole, like, two

get (one's) fingers burned

To suffer an unpleasant or ruinous consequence (especially the loss of money) for some action, often such that one becomes unwilling or reluctant to do it again. During the boom times, countless would-be investors put everything they owned in shady investment deals, and most of them ended up getting their fingers badly burned.
See also: burn, finger, get

he who plays with fire gets burnt

proverb People who engage in dangerous or risky actions often suffer damage, difficulty, of injury. It's no surprise that Jeff ended up in jail after getting involved in that counterfeiting scheme. He who plays with fire gets burnt. Asking out Dave's ex-girlfriend seems like a bad idea. He who plays with fire gets burnt, you know?
See also: burnt, fire, get, he, play, who

If you play with fire, you get burnt

A warning that dangerous or risky actions often lead to pain and injury. It's no surprise that Jeff ended up in jail after getting involved in that counterfeiting scheme. If you play with fire, you get burnt. Asking out Dave's ex-boyfriend seems like a bad idea. If you play with fire, you get burnt, you know?
See also: burnt, get, if, play
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

burn with a low blue flame

 
1. Lit. [of a properly adjusted gas burner] to burn and put off heat. Each burner on the stove burns with a low blue flame giving the maximum amount of heat per BTU.
2. Fig. to be quietly and intensely angry. She just sat there with her steak in her lap, burning with a low blue flame. She was quiet, but everyone knew she would soon burn with a low blue flame.
3. Fig. to be heavily intoxicated with alcohol. (Alludes to the irritability of a person who is very drunk.) Yeah, he's burning with a low blue flame. He's not just drunk, he's burning with a low blue flame.
See also: blue, burn, flame, low

A burnt child dreads the fire.

Prov. If something has hurt you once, you avoid it after that. (See also .) Jill: Let's go ride the roller coaster! Jane: No, thanks. I got sick on one of those once, and a burnt child dreads the fire. Ever since Cynthia rebuffed me so rudely, I've avoided asking her for anything; a burnt child dreads the fire.
See also: burnt, child, fire

eyes like two burnt holes in a blanket

Rur. eyes with dark circles around them. I can tell you ain't slept. You got eyes like two burnt holes in a blanket.
See also: blanket, burnt, eye, hole, like, two
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

be burnt to a crisp

1. If something, especially food, is burnt to a crisp, it is badly burnt. By the time I got to the kitchen, the whole thing was burnt to a crisp. Note: Adjectives such as fried are sometimes used instead of burnt. The meat was fried to a crisp.
2. If a person is burnt to a crisp, they are badly sunburned. One day in the Spanish sun and he was burnt to a crisp.
See also: burnt, crisp
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

burnt to a cinder (or crisp)

completely burnt through, leaving only the charred remnant.
See also: burnt, cinder
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

get your ˈfingers burnt

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burn your ˈfingers

suffer as a result of doing something without realizing the possible bad results, especially in business: She got her fingers burnt when she set up a business and had all her money stolen by her partner.
See also: burnt, finger, get

be burnt, worn, etc. to a ˈfrazzle

(informal) be completely burnt/extremely tired: After working all weekend at the hospital, Deborah was worn to a frazzle.
See also: frazzle
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

burn with a low blue flame

1. in. to be heavily alcohol intoxicated. Yeah, he’s burning with a low blue flame.
2. in. to be quietly and intensely angry. She just sat there with her steak in her lap, burning with a low blue flame.
See also: blue, burn, flame, low

burned out

and burnt out
1. mod. tired; bored. I’m burned out after all that partying.
2. mod. having to do with the ruined veins of an addict. (Drugs.) My veins are burnt out so I shoot in the jug.
3. mod. ruined by marijuana smoking. (see also burnout.) What’s left for these burned out kids?
4. mod. no longer affected by a particular drug. (Drugs.) It’s no good. I’m just burned out. The stuff doesn’t affect me at all.
See also: burn, out

burnt out

verb
See also: burnt, out
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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