burn up

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From burn +‎ up. Compare Middle English upbrennynge, upbrennende (burning up, present participle), German Low German upbrannen (to burn up).

Verb[edit]

burn up

  1. (intransitive) To catch fire and burn until destroyed
    The rocket may burn up on reentry
  2. (transitive) To destroy by burning.
  3. (transitive) To anger; to annoy.
    His thoughtlessness really burns me up.