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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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  • I kept strictly to Beethoven's request; and Artaria, to avoid a law-suit, was compelled to melt down the plates.

    Life of Beethoven Anton Schindler
  • Now melt down some mutton fat, and, while hot, add to the boiling lye.

    Getting Gold J. C. F. Johnson
  • Without, the spring thaws which were to melt down the mountain of snow in the ravine below were no longer presaged, but at hand.

    The Black Pearl Mrs. Wilson Woodrow
  • 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
  • It has been the custom also from time to time to melt down obsolete plate into newer forms and more useful vessels.

    Old and New London Walter Thornbury
  • A temperature that will make steel run like water and melt down fireclay has absolutely no effect upon it.

  • Some of them gave me a hint to melt down my plate by asking if it were not lead.

  • Ammunition being short, the owner of the printing works orders his workmen to melt down all the alphabets.

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