burn out (2)

This page is about the phrasal verb burn out (2).

Meaning: to work too hard and suffer from physical and mental exhaustion

For example:

  • burn out Barry burned out because he worked too much and had too much stress. Now he's on sick leave for a few weeks to recover.

  • burn yourself out You need to slow down a bit or you'll end up burning yourself out.

Quick Quiz:

If somebody has burned out, they might need to be treated for

a. serious exhaustion

b. serious burns

c. mild fever

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