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burn out (1)

Meaning: If a fire burns out, it slowly dies down until it stops burning altogether.

For example:

  • burn out We had some kerosene lamps, but after a while they burned out.

  • burn itself out The wind got stronger and the forest fire changed direction and soon burnt itself out.

Quick Quiz:

When the last of the candles had burned out, we
  1. watched the flames
  2. sat in the dark
  3. used them again

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