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How to tell burn out/ burn up / burn down /burn away apart ?
Please give me some examples! Thanks in advance.
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From Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary
burn away [phrasal verb]
burn away or burn (something) away or burn away (something) : to be removed or to remove (something) by fire or heat ▪ The outer layer of wooden shingles burned away quickly in the fire. = The fire quickly burned the outer layer of wooden shingles away.
burn down [phrasal verb]
1 burn down or burn (something) down or burn down (something) of a building or other structure : to be destroyed or to destroy (something) by fire ▪ The hotel burned down [=burned to the ground] in 1922. = A fire in 1922 burned down the hotel.
2 burn down of a fire : to become smaller : to gradually produce less and less flame ▪ We watched the fire as it slowly burned down.
burn off [phrasal verb]
burn off or burn (something) off or burn off (something)
1 US of fog, smoke, etc. : to go away because of the sun's heat ▪ We waited for the fog to burn off. = We waited for the sun to burn off the fog.
2 : to be removed or to remove (something) by fire or heat ▪ The hot sun had burned the paint off the sign years before. —see also 1burn 10c (above)
burn out [phrasal verb]
1 burn out or burn (itself) out of a fire : to stop burning ▪ The campfire eventually burned out. = The campfire eventually burned itself out. —sometimes used figuratively ▪ His anger finally burned itself out. [=he finally stopped being angry]
2 burn (a building) out or burn out (a building) : to destroy the inside of (a building) by fire ▪ The apartment building was completely burned out by the fire. —see also burned out 1
3 burn out or burn (something) out or burn out (something) : to stop working or cause (something) to stop working because of too much use or careless use ▪ The engine burned out. ▪ If you keep running the engine like that you're going to burn it out.
4 burn out or burn (someone) out also burn out (someone) : to become or cause (someone) to become very physically and emotionally tired after doing a difficult job for a long time : to suffer burnout or cause (someone) to suffer burnout ▪ Teaching can be very stressful, and many teachers eventually burn out. = Teaching can be very stressful, and many teachers eventually burn themselves out. ▪ All that hard work burned her out eventually. —see also burned out