burn off

burned off or burnt off; burning off; burns 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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Eventually this fog burned off as high-energy ultraviolet light broke the atoms apart in a process called reionization. Quanta Magazine, "Discoveries Fuel Fight Over Universe’s First Light," 19 May 2017 The idea was to visit a different Twin Cities ice cream spot each week and then find a nearby park to burn off a little of the sugar. Kathy Berdan, Twin Cities, "The Summer of Ice Cream and Parks: A Roseville dad and daughter take a sweet tour through the Twin Cities," 16 June 2019 The decision was made to make an emergency landing at New York Stewart International Airport in Orange County, New York, after circling for several hours to burn off fuel. Kris Van Cleave, CBS News, "FAA found "pilot-induced error" as the main factor in emergency landing involving Post Malone," 12 June 2019 But spending too long scrolling on the couch (or in bed) can result in calories that aren’t burned off and brains that haven’t received endorphin boosts from movement. Shelby Deering, Good Housekeeping, "5 Surprising Ways Your Phone Can Get You Off the Couch," 15 May 2019 This is keeping the marine clouds at bay Monday morning and any clouds that do creep into Portland from the lower Cascades will burn off early and leave a mostly sunny day and a high near 76. OregonLive.com, "Portland metro Monday weather: Morning clouds will clear for a mostly sunny day; high of 76," 21 May 2018 The air smelled of smoke as people burned off debris. Cameron Mcwhirter, WSJ, "Broken Pecan Trees, Ruined Cotton Harvest: Georgia Counts Michael’s Cost," 17 Oct. 2018 But as the season progressed, Domenick burned off some of that excess energy, and his drive became more focused. Stephen Fishbach, PEOPLE.com, "Wendell Holland Wins Survivor After First-Ever Tie Vote," 23 May 2018 The implication here is that while your food intake accounts for 100 percent of the energy that goes into your body, exercise only burns off less than 10 to 30 percent of it. Julia Belluz, Vox, "The science is in: exercise won’t help you lose much weight," 2 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of burn off

circa 1925, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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