Definition of burn out in English:

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burn out

1Cease to function as a result of excessive heat or friction: the clutch had burned out
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  • The first successful light bulbs marketed by Edison in the 1880s produced so much heat that they burnt out very rapidly.
  • Measures like this ensure the chip will not burn out as it heats up from use.
  • Three days later he got a second SMS saying that she had got as far as Parys but her clutch had burnt out and could he let her have R800 more for the repairs.
2Ruin one’s health or become completely exhausted through overwork: social pressures that can cause career women to burn out (as adjective burned out) a burned-out undercover cop
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  • She had died at the age of 45 from exhaustion, burnt out by the hardships of life.
  • But for a burned out cop like Mitch, it was just what the proverbial doctor had ordered.
  • Rather than improving technique, burned out dancers may report debilitating fatigue, loss of enthusiasm, and injuries.
work too hard, work like a Trojan/horse/slave, work/run oneself into the ground, wear oneself to a shadow, work one's fingers to the bone, drive oneself into the ground, sweat, sweat blood, work day and night, burn the candle at both ends, burn the midnight oil, overtax oneself, overtax one's strength, kill oneself, do too much, overdo it, strain oneself, overburden oneself, overload oneself, drive/push oneself too hard
informal knock oneself out, work one's tail off
vulgar slang work/sweat one's balls off
See parent entry: burn
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