burn down

This page is about the phrasal verb burn down.

Meaning: If something like a building or a forest burns down, it's completely destroyed in a fire.

For example:

  • burn down The church burned down in the fire. There was nothing left but charred wood and ash.

  • burn sth down The kids said they didn't mean to burn the church down. They were just playing with fireworks nearby.

Quick Quiz:

The fire fighters tried to put out the fire, but they couldn't stop it from burning down

a. the car

b. the house

c. the pool

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