Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “slow burn”

See all translations

slow burn

noun [C usually singular] uk   us  

slow burn noun [C usually singular] (ACTIVITY)

UK a period of not much activity: Many workers have benefited from the new programme, which allows careers to be put on a slow burn for months or years and then reactivated.

slow burn noun [C usually singular] (ANGER)

US a slow, controlled show of anger: When angered, Ellen was given to spontaneous outbursts, while her partner Terry would do a slow burn.
Translations of “slow burn”
in Chinese (Traditional) 活動, 緩慢發展期…
in Chinese (Simplified) 活动, 缓慢发展期…
(Definition of slow burn from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of slow burn?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Word of the Day

sail

When a boat or a ship sails, it travels on the water.

Word of the Day

Byronic, Orwellian and Darwinian: adjectives from names.

by Liz Walter,
April 15, 2015
Becoming an adjective is a strange kind of memorial, but it is often a sign of a person having had real influence on the world. Science is full of examples, from Hippocrates, the Greek medic born around 460 BC, who gave his name to the Hippocratic Oath still used by doctors today,

Read More 

dumbwalking noun

April 20, 2015
walking slowly, without paying attention to the world around you because you are consulting a smartphone He told me dumbwalking probably wouldn’t be a long-term problem.

Read More