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English definition of “burn off something”

burn off something

verb phrasal verb with burn  /bɜrn/ ( past tense and past participle burned  /bɜrnd, bɜrnt/ or burnt  /bɜrnt/) us  
to remove something by burning it: Until recently these countries were burning off gas they could not use or sell. If you burn off pounds or something that you have eaten, you do exercise: We eat too much and don't burn it off with enough exercise.
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