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melt down

verb phrase

To be disastrously affected: When you put on that kind of outfit, boys are going to melt down (1990s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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  • This is a good day for you, child; we'll melt down the butter and salt the hams.

  • Those he could melt down, and he was a great fool for not doing it.

    Lord Montagu's Page G. P. R. James
  • Now melt down some mutton fat, and, while hot, add to the boiling lye.

    Getting Gold J. C. F. Johnson
  • It would take a generator of such size that we'd have to melt down every gun, knife, axe, every piece of steel and iron we have.

    Space Prison Tom Godwin
  • A temperature that will make steel run like water and melt down fireclay has absolutely no effect upon it.

  • We can melt down this Arran earth and reproduce the pyramids and prisms in endless numbers.

  • Just as cook has put those pieces of fat together there, ready for us to melt down?

  • He had correspondents abroad, and he gave travellers letters of credit; he bought foreign coin either to exchange or to melt down.

    London Walter Besant

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