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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.
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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.
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burn to a cinder

Also, burn to a crisp. Destroy by fire; overcook. For example, If I stay in the sun too long, I'll be burnt to a cinder, or He's an awful cook-dinner was burnt to a crisp. Although both expressions can be used literally, they also function as hyperbole, as in the examples.
See also: burn, cinder

burnt to a cinder (or crisp)

completely burnt through, leaving only the charred remnant.
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burn something to a ˈcinder/ˈcrisp

cook something for too long or with too much heat, so that it becomes badly burnt: Alan left the potatoes for so long that they were burnt to a crisp.
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6-6 mi) wide Lava thin and watery thick and sticky Typical relatively quiet and explosive and Eruption gentle; lava travels violent; lava flows far from the opening slowly down the before cooling sides as ash shoots high in the air Examples Mauna Loa (Hawaii) Mount Fuji (japan) Olympus Mons (Mars) Mount Hood (Oregon) La Cumbre Mount Etna (Italy) (Galapagos Islands) CINDER CONE Shape Description short with steep sides; often less than 1 km (0.
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Once cool, break cinder toffee into pieces and drop into the chocolate turning with a fork until fully coated.
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I appreciate the added comfort of being able to sit up in bed, but I do find myself missing the cinder blocks and sandbags.
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