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    boarded and burned out

    I don't understand the underlined in the novel, Pelican Brief. I'd appreciate your help a lot.
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    1. He drove slowly by the Montrose Theatre, still boarded and burned out.
    ('burned out' means 'tired' ? then boarded ?)
    2. The registrar said "The assistant dean says no."
    "Where is the assistant dean?"
    "He's busy."
    "I'll wait. Where's his office?"
    "He'll be busy for a long time."
    "I'll wait for a long time."
    She dug in and folded her arms. "He will not allow you to have any more
    class schedules. Our students are entitled to privacy.
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    Re: boarded and burned out

    Quote Originally Posted by Brightsun View Post
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    1. He drove slowly by the Montrose Theatre, still boarded and burned out....

    2... She dug in and folded her arms. "He will not allow you to have any more class schedules. Our students are entitled to privacy.
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    1 There had been a fire at the theatre; instead of glass in the windows there were boards [pieces of wood - you could also use the term 'boarded up']

    2 Dug in = Firmly adopted a defensive position. The image comes from the battlefield; when an army is 'dug in' it is protected by trenches.

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