verb (used without object), burned or burnt, burn·ing.
- to undergo combustion, either fast or slow; oxidize.
- to undergo fission or fusion.
verb (used with object), burned or burnt, burn·ing.
- to cease functioning because something has been exhausted or burned up, as fuel or a filament: Our light bulbs burned out.
- to deprive of a place to live, work, etc., by reason of fire: They were burned out and had to live with relatives.
- to wear out; exhaust; be worn out; become exhausted.
- to burn completely or utterly: The papers burned up in a minute.
- Informal. to become angry: He burns up at the mention of her name.
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British Dictionary definitions for burn the candle at both ends (1 of 2)
verb burns, burning, burnt or burned
Word Origin for burn
British Dictionary definitions for burn the candle at both ends (2 of 2)
Word Origin for burn
Medical definitions for burn the candle at both ends
Scientific definitions for burn the candle at both ends
Cultural definitions for burn the candle at both ends
To do more than one ought to; to overextend oneself: “His doctor said that his illness was brought on by stress and recommended that he stop burning the candle at both ends.”
Idioms and Phrases with burn the candle at both ends (1 of 2)
Exhaust one's energies or resources by leading a hectic life. For example, Joseph's been burning the candle at both ends for weeks, working two jobs during the week and a third on weekends. This metaphor originated in France and was translated into English in Randle Cotgrave's Dictionary (1611), where it referred to dissipating one's wealth. It soon acquired its present broader meaning.
Idioms and Phrases with burn the candle at both ends (2 of 2)
In addition to the idioms beginning with burn
- burn at the stake
- burn down
- burned up
- burn in effigy
- burning question
- burn into
- burn off
- burn one's bridges
- burn oneself out
- burn one's fingers
- burn out
- burn rubber
- burn someone up
- burn the candle at both ends
- burn the midnight oil
- burn to a cinder
- burn up
- crash and burn
- ears are burning
- fiddle while Rome burns
- (burn) in effigy
- money burns a hole in one's pocket
- money to burn
- slow burn