One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(with reference to a building or structure) destroy or be destroyed completely by fire.
- ‘The explosion and fire burned his house down, killing both him and his sister.’
- ‘If they refused, or if their records were not found, whole buildings might be burned down.’
- ‘It stopped a fire in seconds which would have burnt a building down in two minutes,’ he added.’
- ‘Later, the shelf caught on fire and nearly burned the whole building down.’
- ‘I don't have any fire extinguishers here, so try not to burn the house down.’
- ‘We believe this was an attempt to burn the building down and are calling on the police to take action and patrol the area more.’
- ‘But when the slums are burnt down to raise high rise buildings, they are completely quiet, they don't protest.’
- ‘You know, fire will burn a building down, but water will seek its level and touch everything on a specific piece of ground.’
- ‘In one of his drunken stupors, he lights their house on fire and burns it down.’
- ‘Eighty-four public buildings have been burned down.’
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