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English definition of “melt sth down”

melt sth down

phrasal verb with melt     /melt/ verb
to heat a metal object until it turns to liquid , because you want to use the metal rather than the object : They melted down the gold rings and bracelets .Physical and chemical processesMetals and metalworkingChemical elements
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