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slow burn

noun, Informal.
a gradual building up of anger, as opposed to an immediate outburst:
I did a slow burn as the conversation progressed. Unabridged
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  • The blows were weak, for I was still dazed; but they served, together with the slow burn of my anger, greatly to steady me.

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British Dictionary definitions for slow burn

slow burn

a steadily penetrating show of anger or contempt
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slow burn


: Slow-burn resentment gave rise to a flinty local jargon

noun phrase

A gradually increasing anger: He remembered Edgar Kennedy and his slow burns (1930s+)

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The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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Idioms and Phrases with slow burn

slow burn

Slowly increasing anger. It is often put asdo a slow burn, meaning “gradually grow angrier,” as in I did a slow burn when he kept me waiting for three hours. The burn in this idiom comes from burn up in the sense of “make furious.” The term was first cited in 1938 and was closely associated with comedian Edgar Kennedy.
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