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for burn out
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :
burn out \burn out\ v. i.
1. To burn till the fuel is exhausted; as, when the candle
burned out the room was totally dark; the firefighters
couldn't control the oil tank fire and had to let it burn
out by itself.
[1913 Webster +PJC]
2. To stop functioning due to failure of some component
caused by the heat of the electrical current used in its
operation; -- of electrical devices.
3. To become apathetic or depressed, and cease to function
effectively, due to the fatigue and frustration of
prolonged stress and overwork; -- of people; as, the
stress in the bond market is so great that many traders
burn out after only ten years on the job.
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :
v 1: melt, break, or become otherwise unusable; "The lightbulbs
blew out"; "The fuse blew" [syn: blow out, burn out,
From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :
63 Moby Thesaurus words for "burn out":
beat, blow, break down, collapse, crack up, debilitate, die,
die away, die out, do in, do up, droop, drop, enervate, exhaust,
fag, fag out, faint, fatigue, fizzle, fizzle out, flag, flame out,
frazzle, gasp, get tired, give out, go out, grow weary, harass,
jade, knock out, knock up, overfatigue, overstrain, overtire,
overweary, pant, peter out, play out, poop, poop out, prostrate,
puff, puff and blow, run down, run out, sink, succumb, tire,
tire out, tire to death, tucker, use up, weaken, wear, wear down,
wear on, wear out, weary, wheeze, wilt, wind
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