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1. To disappear as a result of melting. The ice melted away in a matter of minutes.
2. To change from a solid state into a liquid. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "melt" and "away." The sun should melt away some of this snow. She poured boiling water on the windscreen to melt the ice away.
3. To lessen and disappear. My nerves just melted away as soon as I stepped on the stage and started to sing.
4. To cause something to lessen and disappear. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "melt" and "away." That massage was great—it totally melted all of my tension away.
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.
melt something away
to cause something to melt into a liquid. The sun melted the ice away. The sun melted away the ice.
to melt into a liquid. The ice cubes melted away quickly in the intense heat. When the wax candles melted away, they ruined the lace tablecloth.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
1. To dissipate or fade away by or as if by melting: As the sun rose, the fog melted away.
2. To cause something to dissipate or fade away by or as if by melting: The medication melted my anxiety away. The soothing words melted away the child's fears.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.