burn off


Definition of burn off

intransitive verb

: to be dissipated by the sun's warmth waiting for the fog to burn off

transitive verb

: to cause to burn off

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The proposal would tax businesses such as oil and coal companies responsible for the carbon dioxide that burns off into the atmosphere. Timothy Puko, WSJ, "Former Fed Leaders, Economists Rally Around Carbon Tax," 16 Jan. 2019 One of the medications burned off the nerve endings in my feet the previous month. Jason Sheeler, Vogue, "How George Michael, A Buddhist Monk, and A Stripper Saved My Life," 14 Feb. 2019 The plan, known as the Horned Cow Initiative, was championed by Mr. Capaul, a 67-year-old organic farmer who argued that the dehorning process—which involves burning off horns with a hot iron—was unnatural and painful. Brian Blackstone, WSJ, "Swiss Voters to Cows: We Won’t Pay for You to Keep Your Horns," 25 Nov. 2018 Some displays play off the nostalgia factor (Remember Green Hornet? Electra Woman and Dyna Girl on a console TV?), some are inspiring and some are burn off kids’ excess energy. Dewayne Bevil, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Orlando Science Center: 'Hall of Heroes' sandwiches in education, nostalgia," 1 June 2018 The event disrupted compounds and sucked away molecules, wrapping the earth in a layer of hydrogen that took another 200 million years to burn off. Jill Kiedaisch, Popular Mechanics, "Life on Earth May Have Been Born From a Maelstrom of Molten Iron," 15 Jan. 2019 There’s also a great walking path to burn off a morning pastry and latte from the Ballard Farmer’s Market, held every Sunday rain or shine. The Seattle Times, "Secret Seattle: 10 hidden neighborhood hangouts," 15 Oct. 2018 That fog will burn off quickly and Saturday will be sunny with a high of 80. Rosemarie Stein | The Oregonian/oregonlive, OregonLive.com, "Portland metro Friday weather: Clouds begin to move off leaving a bright sunny weekend," 11 May 2018 As with the mortar and pestle, these crush the spices without heat from mechanical blades that can burn off essential oils. Francine Maroukian, Popular Mechanics, "How Herbs and Spices Can Make You Cook Like a Pro," 13 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of burn off

circa 1925, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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