1. (also scorch) to be infected with or to infect someone with a venereal disease; thus burned adj.1 (1)
|inPhilosophical Transactions V/384 in Williams I (1994) 175: A receipt for Brenning of the Pyntyl, yat Men clepe ye Apegalle.|
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|Supplicacyon for the Beggers 6: [Rakes] that catche the pokkes of one woman, and here theym to an other; that be brent wyth one woman, and here it to an other, that catch the lepry of one woman, and here it to an other.|
|Bk of Compoundes fol. 47: Many men, women and children, now a daies, be greuiously bred with a shamefull disease, called the Frenche Pockes. [...] Eschue the cause of this infirmitie, and filthy, rotten, burning of harlottes.|
|Supposes IV ii: A pox eat you, marry [...] thou wilt be burnt.(trans.)|
|Comedy of Errors IV iii: They appear to men as angels of light; light is an effect of fire and fire will burn; ergo, light wenches will burn. Come not near her.|
|Northward Hoe IV i: Cockatrice : You, mistris Salamanders, that feare no burning.|
|Epigrams 15: Into a brothell house Conitus turned, / But he came home after his pricke was burned.|
|Scourge of Folly 15: Against Marcus his fire-worke. Marcus his Wifes great modesty doth hate; And swears hee loues the impudence of Kate [...] Well Marcus, if such Coolers thou dost loth, Thy Kate, perhaps, will coole, and burne thee both.|
|Works (1869) III 24: Lieutenant Puffe from Cleaueland is return’d, / Where entering of a breach was sorely burn’d: / And from reuenge hee’l neuer be perswaded, / Till the low Countries he hath quite inuaded. [Ibid.] 30: Raph puts the light out, sweares to haue about, / And yet Doll burn’d him, though the fire was out.‘Sculler’ in|
|Brothers of the Blade 5: Pox on’t, the cause of my lying in there so long, was long [sic] of the pocky whore Petronella Burnyard, that insatiate sister of our scabard.|
|Man in the Moon 16-23 Apr. 11: Hannah Ienks, Ruth Turn up, Doll Burn-it, and sister Wag-tayle have petition’d the Supreame Authority.|
|Mercurius Fumigosus 6 5 July 45: Some that were washing at the sluice in seeking to quench the same, had their Members miserably burnt, being now under cure.|
|The Wandring Whore I 3: The cure of the French pox and perilous infirmity of burning remedyed.|
|Strange Newes 4: Mol. They come in with their fowl Pipes, and I like an able Doctress clean them with a P—. I cleane the stem and also burn the bowle.|
|Works (1999) 42: Is it just? that with death cruell Love should conspire, / And our Tayles be burnt by our hearts taking fire?‘Lampoone’ in|
|Whetstone’s Privateer Cruising abroad in the night [she] seiz’d on a rich Merchant-man, whom she tempted to board her, and then disabled his ship, took all his cargo, spoil’d his tackle, and burnt his rudder.|
|London-Bawd (1705) 1: She has formerly been one of Sampson’s Foxes, and has carried so much fire in her Tail, as has burnt all those that have had to do with her.|
|Hudibras Redivivus I:9 6: Who had full Twenty Years in Town / Retail’d her Favours up and down, / ’Till she had burnt with Claps and P—xes, / More standing Ware than Sampson’s Foxes.|
|Athenianism – Project IV 94: Lewd Cracks repent, for ’tis the News, Your Tails have burnt so many Beaus, That now He-Whores are come in Use.‘The He-Strumpets’ in|
|Amorous Bugbears 41: I singl’d out a fine young Doe the last time I was here, and run my Puppy at her, but came off so like a Dog that had burnt his Tail, that I have cried out Fire ever since.|
|Laugh and Be Fat 27: He had more Wit in his Anger, than to revenge himself of an ill Tongue, by burning his Peace-maker. [Ibid.] 89: No sooner had he found that she had burnt his Pope, but he presently concluded [...] that instead of a Maiden-head, she had given him for his Five Guineas, a confounded Clap.|
|‘The Cruel Mother in Law’ in Amorous Miller’s Garland 6: Did you hear of that great Whore, / That lately hath bought Tanfield Tower, [...] So to the Docotor she did go / For to be Fluxt for ought I know, / And home again she did return, / You may her touch, she will not burn.|
|Meretriciad 21: Well, dance on Nancy [i.e. Dawson], keep the beaten rout, / And burn your Rider, as you was burnt out.|
|[||song in Carey Sailor’s Songbag (1976) 24: And because she denied him a shove on the grass / It's good as his word he got flames to her A—e].|
|The only True LIST, of those celebrated SPORTING LADIES [broadsheet] Eliz. Hen-y must be guarded against, as she has not only set fire to many Farmers, but burnt several of their men.|
|‘Sally Mac Gee’ in A. Carpenter Verse in Eng. in 18C Ireland (1998) 513: I scorch’d his quill [...] / Which makes him to think of Sally M’Gee.|
|Gloss. (1888) I 120: burning, or brenning. One of the names for a disorder which has no decenter appellation.|
|‘The Man That’s No Use At All’ in Secret Songster 40: Too soon he found out he was burnt very neatly.|
|‘Put It Up’ in Rambler’s Flash Songster 31: The result from pleasure turns the scale, for their peculiar strut, / Tells plainly how they burnt their tails, when last they put it up.|
|Whip & Satirist of NY & Brooklyn (NY) 9 Apr. n.p.: [He] was so burned that he did not walk at ease for a month.|
|Peeping Tom (London) 44 175/2: A young fellow being burnt by a nymph [...] saying he had lost all he had by fire!|
|‘The Randy Wife’s Dream’ in Rakish Rhymer (1917) 20: So if with gals he should get bit, and get it burnt for life, / I hope hell keep away from home nor give it to his wife.|
|Cythera’s Hymnal 12: Pox that burned him grievously.|
|Ulysses 146: Some chap with a dose burning him.|
|in Ozark Folksongs and Folklore (1992) II 619: K stands for Kitty by whom I was burned.|
|Boy and Girl Tramps of America (1976) 139: But you gotta be careful of some women or you’ll get burned. I got a little bit singed myself once, but a doctor in Memphis cured me.|
|(con. 1944) Gallery (1948) 275: So you got burned?|
|(con. 1930s) Pedlocks (1971) 345: Keep away from the town chippies. Marry, young man, marry. Better to marry than to burn.|
|(con. 1940s) Sowers of the Wind 3: ‘You be careful, cock, or you’ll get good and burnt!’ ‘Penicillin’ll take care of that.’.|
|Down These Mean Streets (1970) 5: ‘Man, you got that stuff?’ ‘Yeah. Jesus, I’m burning up like with a puta’s fever.’.|
|Queens’ Vernacular 205: burn to infect someone with a venereal disease.|
|Hard Candy (1990) 110: Let me look at you, baby [...] Can’t be gettin’ burned; I got me a big habit to support.|
|Workin’ It 8: He had the clap. And I did it and I got burnt.|
|🎵 If a chick gave you a disease, then you got burned.‘Ebonics’|
|🎵 Was only scared of them STDs, syphilis, VD and herpes / Daffy Duck-lookin’ bitch burnt me.‘Remember the Times’|
2. to cheat; to rob.
(a) (also burn up) to cheat (esp. at cards), to defraud;thus adj. burn, fraudulent (see cite 2010).
|implied in burn the town|
|implied in burn the ken under ken n.1|
|Hoosier Mosaics 35: It is quite probable that of all the unfortunate adventurers that day singed in the yellow fire of that expert gambler’s gold, Jack recognized himself as the most terribly burned.|
|You Can’t Win 94: Kid, that’s what comes of bein’ on the square. If you’d burnt Shorty for his end of that coin [...] you’d have got a beatin’ instead of a lawyer.|
|Amer. Tramp and Und. Sl. 43: Burn Up: To defraud a partner.|
|(con. 1905–25) Professional Thief (1956) 7: Friendly relations have been disrupted by things like burning (holding out part of the stolen goods), or turning in (informing). [Ibid.] 37: One of the most heinous crimes in the mob is for a member to burn the others.|
|Big Con 204: I’ve burned you for thousands of bucks.|
|Men of the Und. 107: He [...] burned the other mob members.|
|Felony Tank (1962) 36: Can you borrow from someone? Someone you don’t mind burning?|
|Howard Street 120: It really irked him to let Cowboy get away with burning him.|
|Hy Lit’s Unbelievable Dict. of Hip Words 7: burned – Bearded [i.e. ‘duped’ ‘tricked’].|
|Dopefiend (1991) 104: Another addict to come along and burn them for their money.|
|Family Arsenal 202: Our supplies dried up. I’ll be frank with you – we’ve been burned.|
|Custody 232: We ever burned you before?|
|Harder They Come 297: ’Im really did burn me.|
|Wiseguy (2001) 98: He had been betting heavy on something he had and got burned.|
|Indep. Mag. 9 Oct. 67: You can bet Vento and Jetta buyers [i.e. of car brands] won’t be burned twice.|
|Layer Cake 52: This geezer ain’t the type to be burnt twice.|
|Tattoo of a Naked Lady 20: The rube you burnt was some big-shot in town.|
|Mad mag. July 35: You got some Doctor ID or somthing? I’ve been burned before.|
|Snitch Jacket 137: Too risky to be packing [...] it’s just another excuse for the man to burn him.|
|Gutshot Straight [ebook] [H]e helped ther Armenians set up some burn companies.|
|http://goodmagic.com 🌐 Burn the Lot — To allow agents to cheat brazenly and leave the locals so outraged that they won't allow yours or any other carnival in their town for a long time.‘Carny Lingo’ in|
(b) (US Und.) to work as a burner n.1 (3)
|N.Y. Daily Express 11 Aug. 2/5: The blacks commenced the usual preliminaries of the burning process, by offering an exchange of silver for bank notes.|
|Morning Courier and N.-Y. Enquirer 2/4: [A man] was set upon by three noted burners, who by dint of practicing the usual burning process, diddled [him] out of $50 of his money.|
(c) to rob, to steal.
|Quad-City Times (Davenport, IA) 6 Apr. 2/1: I’ll crash a sugar-daddy / And I’ll take him plenty far [...] and burn him / For a red-green zippy car.|
|Dark Hazard (1934) 184: You burn these guys for the price of a ride.|
|‘Sl. of Watts’ in Current Sl. III:2.|
|Third Ear n.p.: burn v. [...] 3. to steal.|
|Runnin’ Down Some Lines 94: Dude try to burn ’im for his stash.|
|Six Out Seven (1994) 452: Make me feel even worse, thinkin what that old sucka burn your ass for it.|
(d) (drugs) to sell cut or second-rate drugs, or simply to take a buyer’s money and vanish without delivering the promised drugs; as burn for a stash, to steal a dealer’s cache of drugs.
|Und. Speaks n.p.: Burned, when an addict gives a dope peddler the money for a purchase and the delivery of dope is not made.|
|letter 27 May in Charters I (1995) 359: I drank all day [...] also got burned for a fin (Mexican, 5 peso, 60 cents) by a connection.|
|Real Bohemia xx: If the dealer then fails to show with the drug, the addict has been ‘burned’.|
|Howard Street 118: What you go’ do, Cowboy? [...] I don’t like bein’ burned, man.|
|Jones Men 102: Do not allow yourself to be burned by him again.|
|Requiem for a Dream (1987) 115: How can we tell if we’re gettin burned? He doan burn nobody man.|
|Runnin’ Down Some Lines 184: My cousin got burned [...] Arsenic.|
|Corner (1998) 18: Ronnie burned some Jamaicans for a stash and then put the thing on Gary.|
|ONDCP Street Terms 4: Burned — Purchase fake drugs.|
|Wire ep. 1 [TV script] ‘Why’re we using real money?’ ‘We’re not burning no Lemon Street chumps here’.‘The Target’|
|Alphaville (2011) 253: Guys getting burned on dope deals (the old ‘give me your money and wait here’ act never went out of style).|
|Shore Leave 153: [B]urning a drug dealer or ripping a fellow thief – just another transaction, just business.|
(e) to betray sexually.
|N.Y. Age 22 Nov. 9/6: It thrilled us [...] to run with fast women [...] But, we learned — after being burned.‘Observation Post’ in|
|Erections, Ejaculations etc. 224: Yeah, Bukowski was burned good by little Flo.|
|Runnin’ Down Some Lines 134: Like man, he burns his own partner for his young lady.|
(f) to fail to pay a debt or meet an obligation.
|‘Sl. of Watts’ in Current Sl. III:2.|
(g) (US drugs) to steal a fellow user’s drugs.
|Tales (1969) 61: Before he even looked at the bag Bob said, ‘O.K., which one of you faggots burned me?’.|
(h) (drugs) to inform to the authorities; to betray an associate.
|Underground Dict. (1972).|
|Prince of the City 263: How can I burn Vinny Russo, who really broke me into narcotics? How can I do that to Vinny and to his wife and children?|
|Bk of Jargon 340: burn: [...] 2. To turn a drug user over to the authorities.|
|Game 121: ‘If I take the deal they [i.e. the authorities] want to hand down, I can burn both of them [i.e. his co-defendants].|
|Crime Factory: Hard Labour [ebook] Once I’m no use they’ll burn me to trade up, part of the game.‘In Savage Freedom’ in|
(i) (US) to reveal some form of secret, e.g. an undercover police operation (after which it cannot be revived).
|Good Cop Bad Cop : [T]hese dopes from IAD [Internal Affairs Division] burned the place. The IAD cops were looking to arrest Chickie, the bartender. If they were smart, IAD would have arrested Chickie at home, but they rushed in and arrested him in front of the whole place. [...] The location was burned. [...] Bailey’s was ruined as a place for dirty cops and watchers.|
|(con. mid-1960s) Crusader 279: ‘We were burned—somebody tipped them off that we were coming!’ [Investigator] Stanton declared.|
|The Force [ebook] So it tips Malone that Carter has something to gain from the meeting, if he’s willing to burn a location.|
(j) (US) to disappoint.
|‘Houston’ in ThugLit Mar. [ebook] [S]he'd been burned already and jammed a hand down my britches before we'd hit the hallway.|
3. in emotional contexts.
(a) to annoy, to infuriate, to embarrass; thus burned (at) adj.
|Down the Line 63: Steve has been throwing keys at the wall for some time, and knows how to burn the beefers.|
|Gullible’s Travels 164: Finally, after he’d went six days without submittin’ even circumstantial evidence that he’d ever had a dime, I burned him into sayin’ he’d give us a party.‘The Water Cure’ in|
|Runyon on Broadway (1954) 448: This crack burns Handsome Jack up quite some.‘Social Error’ in|
|Amboy Dukes 86: It really burned him to work a full day on Saturday.|
|Playback 196: I laughed at him and that really burned him.|
|Hell’s Angels (1967) 121: This is why we like to blow their minds. It just more or less burns ’em, that’s all.|
|Slammer (1977) 224: One spook burns the other, and the whole slammer goes up.|
|Hooligans (2003) 46: What fuckin’ burns me is that these assholes have got themselves watertight alibis.|
|Tourist Season (1987) 201: He said I burned one of his sources [...] I didn’t know the guy was off-the-record.|
|London Fields 42: Yes, it still hurts. It still exquisitely burns.|
|Campus Sl. Fall.|
|Toronto Sun 31 Dec. 82: What burns me is I took something that I really didn’t know too much about.|
|Mean Girls [movie script] [T]hey have this Burn Book where they write mean things - about all the girls in our grade.|
|Split Decision [ebook] It must have burned him more than anything to have Cardone beat him to the punch.|
|What They Was 293: What bunned Rex even more was that Jim Jones’ mother didn’t allow any of his bredrins to attend the funeral.|
(b) to become angry, thus burn at, the be angry with.
|Broadway Melody 86: [He] had burned not like a future in-law, but like a jealous lover.|
|Hollywood Girl 59: Did he burn when I showed him the contract! Said I would go to hell sure in Hollywood.|
|Pal Joey 2: I burned but went on singing and playing.|
|23 May [synd. col.] I was burning at the B.W. for making us miss the first part.|
|Walk on the Water 198: ‘Then why are you burning?’ ‘He made me mad.’.|
|Syndicate (1998) 39: I started to burn some.|
|Down These Mean Streets (1970) 16: I was burning, making all kinds of promises to send that rubber ball smashing into his teeth whenever he decided to let it go.|
|Thief 175: He was hot. Man, what I mean, this cat was burning.|
(c) to be sexually aroused, to be available.
|End as a Man (1952) 146: You see that old grandma over there? Well, she’s burning.|
|Walk on the Water 199: ‘About this man now.’ ‘Well, he really did burn my ass.’ ‘You lucky girl.’ And the giggles began.|
(d) (US campus) as burn for, to focus on a given goal.
|Campus Sl. Oct. 1: burn for – to set all one’s energies towards one specific goal: He’ll begin to burn for exam after Thanksgiving.|
|Campus Sl. Fall 1: burn – to study or work hard for a goal.|
4. to set alight; to use fire.
(a) (US) to smoke a cigarette.
|Bar-20 xvi: ‘Want a smoke?’ [...] Mr. Hopalong Cassidy side-stepped and began to roll a cigarette: ‘Shore, but I’ll burn my own.’.|
|Continental Op (1975) 13: We [...] sat back burning tobacco.‘The Tenth Clew’ in|
|‘Smokers’ Sl.’ in AS XV:3 Oct. 335/2: To smoke is [...] to burn.|
|Walk in Sun 55: ‘Can I smoke, corporal?’ Rivera asked. ‘Burn,’ Tyne said.|
|Venetian Blonde (2006) 174: We had been burning Pall Malls.|
|Six Out Seven (1994) 464: He pulled a Marlboro pack from his shorts. ‘Here, bro, burn one of mine.’.|
|Campus Sl. Apr.|
(b) (drugs, also bun, burn it down) to smoke a cannabis cigarette.
|One to Count Cadence (1987) 187: Morning and David [...] chatted about burning some grass if David could score.|
|Drugs from A to Z (1970) 54: burning Smoking marijuana.|
|Black Jargon in White America 59: burn v. […] 6. to smoke marijuana.|
|Campus Sl. Fall 2: burn – smoke marijuana: ‘We burned one on the roof last night.’.|
|College Sl. Research Project (Cal. State Poly. Uni., Pomona) 🌐 Burn (verb) 1. To smoke marijuana.|
|Crumple Zone 60: — Bunning, Ridgecroft? That’s a new one on me . . . — Gonna cane some skunk, sir. To celebrate, y’na mean.|
|Dirty South 152: He was mercy-wokked by Shyanne Moore after a burning session at Blackie Norton’s gates.|
|Bend of World 107: You smoke weed? he asked. I shrugged. [...] Yeah man. You got that corporate look about you , but I can tell you burn it down.|
|Forensic Linguistic Databank 🌐 bun - light up (a cannabis cigarette).(ed.) ‘Drill Slang Glossary’ at|
|Cherry 28: We had burned a peach White Owl with Train Wreck in it, and so we were high as fuck.|
(c) (US black) to prepare food, to cook, esp. to cook well.
|‘Sl. of Watts’ in Current Sl. III:2.|
|Hy Lit’s Unbelievable Dict. of Hip Words 7: burn one – [...] asking for a taste of the blue plate special.|
|(con. 1950s) Night People 92: There’s no better food. Those chefs take great pride in their work [...] Boy, can they burn!|
|Central Sl. 13: burn [...] ‘Bitch really knows how to burn grub good.’.|
|Corner (1998) 385: She at the stove, making me a plate of chicken — and Mama could burn some chicken.|
|College Sl. Research Project (Cal. State Poly. Uni., Pomona) 🌐 Burn (verb) [...] 2. To cook well.|
(d) (Aus.) to have a barbecue.
|Day of the Dog 157: This was going to be the night the three burned off. Danny has saved up some meat from the sheep he kills weekly.|
5. to overcome, to treat badly, to punish; to have someone punished.
(a) to punish, often in passive as get burned; thus burn someone’s ass
|(con. c.1912) Adventures of a Scholar Tramp 252: I’ll see that you get burnt good and plenty if I catch you loitering around the streets.|
|(con. 1918) Sergeant Eadie 113: Won’t he burn yuh for beatin’ it?|
|(con. 1918) Top Kick 9: I expected to get burned for leaving camp while I was on guard.|
|Dead End Act II: He’s fit to be tied! I never seen a guy so boined up!|
|Golden Spike 7: You’re trying to burn me, that’s why you dropped it.|
|In For Life 115: They finally had a chance to show what they thought of guards without being burned for doing so.|
|‘Sl. of Watts’ in Current Sl. III:2 12: Burn, v. To discipline, to punish.|
|Big Easy 205: The Negro raised his hand. ‘I gwine burn you.’.|
|AS L:1/2 56: burn vt [...] 2: Punish severely.‘Razorback Sl.’ in|
|Homicide (1993) 331: If the idea of burning Worden ever took solid form, they would have to go to war with the captain.|
|Source Aug. 131: Every time you touch a mic, you need to burn everybody. If you go to a battle, you got to crush the competition.|
(b) to be punished, to get into trouble.
|A Flying Tiger’s Diary (1984) 183: Someone should ‘burn’ for that mission.3 June in|
|(con. early 1950s) L.A. Confidential 66: Some Bureau guys are gonna burn in this thing and you’re gonna have to work with friends of theirs.|
(c) to execute or to be executed in the electric chair; thus burning party, judicial execution.
|Man’s Grim Justice 292: Give me another shot [...] I got to be all steamed up before I can look at one of these burning parties.|
|Journal of Murder in Gaddis & Long (2002) 162: Let them hang me, burn me or anything they want.|
|Coll. Stories (1990) 300: He had known that he wouldn’t beat that last rap, cop-killing [...] He had known he would burn.‘His Last Day’ in|
|Popular Detective June 🌐 Georgie could only burn once, no matter how many citizens he expunged.‘Skip Tracer Bullets’ in|
|Deadly Streets (1983) 68: They’ll fry me, Sammy, I’ll burn.‘We Take Care of Our Dead’ in|
|(con. 1930s) Lawd Today 135: Aw, they ain’t going to burn her. They’ll pardon her just before her time’s up.|
|Little Boy Blue (1995) 113: The po-leese said they was gonna burn if they didn’t tell everything they’d been doin’.|
|(con. early 1950s) L.A. Confidential 121: Leroy and Tyrone are twenty, so they can’t burn on a capital charge.|
|Destination: Morgue! (2004) 87: He don’t plan to get caught. He’ll burn if he does.‘Grave Doubt’ in|
(d) (also burn up) to shoot dead.
|Und. and Prison Sl.|
|Duke xi: Burn them – shoot them. [Ibid.] 7: Burn them.|
|Criminal Sl. (rev. edn) 39: burn up [...] to shoot to death.|
|(con. 1953–7) Violent Gang (1967) 29: He said, ‘I’m gonna burn you.’ So he pulled out a gun.|
|Last Exit to Brooklyn 279: The way he had everybody in the town shittin green until that bad bastard from Texas got on his ass and burnd im.|
|(ref. to 1957) in Vice Lords 2: A boy got killed in that humbug. A Clover, a stud named Walker, got his head burned (shot) off with a shotgun.|
|Ghetto Sketches 216: Kwendi snatched his piece and burned ’im!|
|Fort Apache, The Bronx 334: If I don’t get what I want in thirty minutes I’m gonna burn everybody in here.|
|(con. 1967) Welcome to Vietnam (1989) 118: We [...] have good fields of fire laid out. We can burn ’em.|
|🎵 R9 got nicked for the dots / Big bro got nicked for the spinner / If you heard that suttin' got bun with the dots / It was probably done by Digga.‘Kill Confirmed’|
|🎵 Come burn a boy if you're bad, let's see.‘Day in the Life’|
(e) to kill, to murder.
|Cop Hater 87: ‘[O]ne of the boys plugged him in self-defense.’ ‘Who?’ ‘Who knows?’ Santez said. ‘One of the boys burned him’.|
|(con. 1953–7) Violent Gang (1967) 109: We had a leader whose name I will not reveal. To do so – I might be burned tomorrow.|
|Black Jargon in White America 59: burn v. […] 4. to kill, often by shooting [...].|
|Observer Screen 1 Aug. 6: Whack: to murder; also clip, hit, pop, burn, put a contract on.|
|Brooklyn Noir 311: Clip. Whack. Pop. Burn. All the great terms Americans have for putting your lights out.‘Fade To . . . Brooklyn’ in|
(f) (US black) to defeat.
|Postman Always Rings Twice (1985) 134: That was when I burned Sackett. I got up and made a speech to the court.|
|Black Jargon in White America 59: burn v. […] 9. to defeat someone.|
(g) (US) to cause trouble for someone, to treat someone badly, to take advantage of someone.
|Und. Speaks 16/2: Burnt, cheated out of share of job.|
|Hell’s Angels (1967) 60: The Frisco Angels had been severely burned after a series of articles in the Chronicle.|
|Black Players 128: When you play the middle, you’re on a rope. The only way you can keep from getting burned, like you always do, is keep the rope wet.|
|Glitter Dome (1982) 167: Don’t go talk to Violet or Gloria’s gonna get burned.|
|Alice in La-La Land (1999) 193: I can burn you right on the spot. I’ll say I came down here [...] and shot you when you pulled a gun on me.|
|Rivethead (1992) 176: We just can’t be too careful. We’ve been burned on stuff like this before.|
|Da Bomb 🌐 5: Burn: To harm [...] Burning: Telling on someone.|
|Love Is a Racket 276: They’re doing it [i.e. a murder] ’cause they got burned.|
|(con. 1973) Johnny Porno 98: You can burn me with those tapes worse than with anything we recorded five minutes ago. Those’re federal property.|
|Widespread Panic 208: ‘You burned me, fucker [...] because you’re jealous of me’.|
(h) (US campus) to turn down a request for a date.
|CUSS 91: Burned out Turned down when asking for a date.et al.|
(i) (orig. US) to be in trouble or out of luck; also trans. to cause ill luck.
|Seize the Time 111: If he gets caught with a pistol he’s burned.|
|Observer Screen 11 July 6: All three got burnt when the series failed on their promise to be ‘the next X Files’.|
|Love Is a Racket 361: No matter what you do you’re gonna get yourself burned.|
|Killing Time in Las Vegas [ebook] You burned our luck . . . You fucking burned us!‘Long Drop’ in|
(j) to arrest.
|True Confessions (1979) 10: Then he got burned on a Murder One rap and he got life in San Quentin.|
(k) to write a disciplinary report.
|Current Sl. II:2 7: Burn, v. To write up or report for violation; to be written up (Air Force Academy).|
|It Was An Accident 156: Jimmy Foley got burned on the videos.|
(l) to attack, verbally or physically.
|Teen-Age Gangs 22: No killing. Just a nice burning.|
|Out of the Burning (1961) 209: It’s Gent who got burned [...] So it’s up to him whether he wants to tell the cops who burned him.|
|(con. 1953–7) Violent Gang (1967) 93: I fuck everybody. They try to burn me, I got my blade, I’ll get ’em all but good.|
|Sl. U. 49: burn 1. to insult, point out (someone’s) shortcomings or past error or embarrassment.|
|UNC-CH Campus Sl. Spring 2014 2: BURN — insult.(ed.)|
(m) to dismiss an employee, to jilt a lover; to be dismissed.
|Come Home, Malcolm Heartland 198: Some of us could burn for this.|
(n) (US campus) to grade harshly.
|AS L:1/2 56: burn vt [...] 3: Grade harshly.‘Razorback Sl.’ in|
6. (US teen) to shoot a weapon in order to frighten rather than to wound.
|Beckley Post-Herald (WV) 1 Dec. 7/4: Burning — To graze someone with a gun, or making them dance without hitting them by shooting close to them.|
7. (US police) to recognize.
|Who Live in Shadow 154: The police may get rid of him by the practice known as ‘burning’—revealing him as a stool pigeon to other addicts and peddlers.|
|Cogan’s Trade (1975) 35: They’d burn me the minute I came inna door.|
|Collura (1978) 114: It was taking the minds of the crowd off their original objective of ‘burning the undercover’.|
|Street Gangs 222: Burn Expose identity unwillingly.|
|Right As Rain 232: One of Coleman’s boys is gonna burn us soon for sure.|
|Drama City 107: Rico Miller kept his distance [...] He didn’t want to get burned.|
8. (US black) to do something well.
|Hy Lit’s Unbelievable Dict. of Hip Words 7: burn – [...] to be doing something very well.|
|Black Jargon in White America 59: burn v. […] 8. to perform in an outstanding fashion.|
|Campus Sl. Apr. 1: burn – to display a high amount of intelligence. I burned the test.|
|Mouse Rap 42: Mrs. Jones could cook. I mean she could burn.|
|Slam! 80: It was me, burning on the court, doing the wild thing with the ball [...] Me.|
|Graffiti Subculture xi: Burn: To paint [graffiti] exceptionally well.|
9. (US black) to improvise; orig. in music, but latterly in any context.
|Third Ear n.p.: burn v. […] 5. to improvise superlatively in music or in life. note: ‘Burn, baby burn!’ was a form of encouragement shouted at singers, musicians, and orators long before the urban disturbances of the long hot summers at which time it became a pun.|
10. (US) to photocopy [the heating involved in the process].
|Lex. Militaris 56: Burn [...] To make a copy of a document [HDAS].|
11. (drugs) to overdose or to give someone an overdose (e.g. with over-pure narcotics).
|Fort Apache, The Bronx 313: ‘You’re gonna burn her, ain’t you man?’ ‘No, man [...] I’m gonna let her burn herself.’ He took a spoonful of heroin and dropped it in an envelope. Straight with no chaser.|
|Motown and Didi 156: It hadn’t been cut at all, not even once. There was a feeling of panic [...] He reached for his chest, felt his heart beating. He had been burned!|
12. (US campus) to play truant.
|Campus Sl. Apr. 2: burn one – take a day off of work or school: ‘I’m going to burn one tomorrow.’.|
13. (orig. computer) to record (information/music) onto a writable CD-Rom, DVD or compact disk [the heating involved in the process].
|Guardian Rev. 29 Jan. 4: ‘I could always burn you a CDR off.’ Panic set in. ‘Burn’ me a compact disc recordable ‘off’? [...] Am I poised to be just another insignificant client in the distribution of some mother-of-all mix CDR which she ‘burns off’ for all her acquaintances?|
|Dope Sick 100: [H]e burned a bunch of copies [of a song] on CDs and we passed them around .|
14. (UK black ) a synon. for ‘to hell with’.
|Dirty South 1: The English tutor [...] offered her help. But burn her help. I don’t need it. Patronising bitch [...] Burn her!|
15. see burn (up) v.
1. a police informer.
|Drugs from A to Z (1970) 54: burn artist [...] (2) a police informer, a stool pigeon.|
2. a con-man, a cheat, esp. in the drug world where they will either sell second-rate drugs or take a buyer’s money and vanish without delivering the goods [sense 2d + -artist sfx].
|Issues in Criminology 1-2 216: A dealer who is a ‘burn artist,’ is almost as contemptable as a snitch.|
|‘Sl. of Watts’ in Current Sl. III:2 12: Burn artist, n. An addict who specializes in cheating other addicts.|
|Buttons 147: I received some heavy complaints regarding burn artists and protection.|
|Joint 427: A burn artist is someone that takes and sells you something that isn't marijuana, or takes aspirin and shaves it down and makes it look like Dilaudid.|
|Corner (1998) 61: Burn artists were driven deep into the shadows.|
|Penal Fires 29: ‘Do you know what a burn artist is, Mr. Hartway?’ ‘I-It's a con man. A seller of bad dope’.|
(US drugs) a bag of counterfeit or very weak drugs.
|Homicide (1993) 283: He was selling burn bags [...] He was selling people shit.|
1. to shoot, to kill.
|Gangster Stories Dec. 🌐 ‘Trip Kennedy got away—Burned down two of our boys an’ made a clean getaway.’.‘Guns of Gangland’ in|
|Gangland Stories Feb. 🌐 You know the law of our kind; you knock Jimmy off—I croak you. Suppose you’ve got a moll; then maybe she burns me down.‘Facing the Mob’ in|
|Double-Action Gang June 🌐 If that hop-crazy spick ever makes another pass at you, burn him down.‘Revolt of the Damned’ in|
|Dan Turner – Hollywood Detective May 🌐 Each note was a terse promise to burn Michaelson down before the current week was out.‘Dissolve Shot’|
|DAUL 37/1: Burn down. To shoot dead. ‘Connecticut Red had plenty of guts (courage). He came out throwing slugs (hooting), and the dicks (police) burned him down. But he took one with him.’.et al.|
|Gentleman Junkie 66: Tómas got busted by the fuzz [...] he tried to split, and they burned him down.‘At the Mountain of Blindness’ in|
2. to overdo, to use to excess.
|Junkie (1966) 33: Refugee doctors were a good field for a while, but the addicts burned them down.|
3. to attack, verbally or physically.
|Choirboys (1976) 100: That storm trooper is gonna burn you down.|
|Flyboy in the Buttermilk (1992) 31: That chick who sings [...] When she opened up, it was Patti LaBelle all up and down. White chick, too. She burned that mother down.‘Atomic Dog’ in|
|Trainspotting 23: Part ay me doesnae want to burn the fucker doon.|
4. to ruin, to make a mess of.
|Dead Man’s Trousers 23: I tae fuc the cunt isnae burning this gig down.|
(US) to insult.
|Onion Field 94: ‘[I]t burned my ass that Billy understood the things Greg said and I couldn’t’ .|
|Best Little Whorehouse in Texas [film script] You know what burns my ass?|
|Entrapment (2009) 95: Say — you know what burned my hump? [...] What burned me was after I shot him, then he says, ‘Don’t shoot me.’ After I done it.‘Little Lester’ in|
to catch a venereal disease.
|Amorous Bugbears 41: I singl’d out a fine young Doe the last time I was here, and run my Puppy at her, but came off so like a Dog that had burnt his Tail, that I have cried out Fire ever since.|
|Grose’s Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.|
(US) to reprimand severely.
|Battle Cry (1964) 186: Bryce knew he’d get his ass burned out by the Major if he fell out.|
|Six-Eleven (1966) 217: I’ll burn their ears about it, Charlie.|
|Instant Replay 124: Vince really burned my ass.|
|(con. 1945) Tattoo (1977) 323: If you get caught, they’ll burn your asses forever. You know what they do to a GI who rapes a nurse?|
|Fort Apache, The Bronx 47: Now go ahead you little cocksucker, run up that block, or I’ll burn your ass right here.|
|Rivethead 221: Sanders was especially eager to burn my ass.|
|You Got Nothing Coming 117: See you at the disciplinary hearing when they burn your ass sideways.|
see get someone’s goat under goat n.1
of servicemen, to leave a town without paying for one’s board and lodging.
|Dict. Canting Crew.|
see separate entry.
(US) in very large quantities; often ext. as to burn a wet dog/mule with; usu. money to burn.
|Fayetteville Obs. (TN) 27 June 1/2I: I is got more of that darned stuff on hands than would burn up ten thousand wet dogs.|
|Chimmie Fadden Explains 20: De dude has money t’ burn a wet dog wid.|
|Congressional Record 27 Mar. 400/1: You have plenty of time. [...] No I have not got time ‘to burn’ [DA].|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 8 Nov. 17/4: There was joy to burn, / They cheered like flames / For the safe return / Of Mister James.|
|Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY) 2 July 5: She has already had [...] literary experience to burn [DA].|
|Gentleman of Leisure (2008) 45: Dis is where a widder-lady lives all alone, an’ has got silver mugs and t’ings to boin.|
|Wilson Times (NC) 22 Dec. 6/1: In two years he had lost enough money to burn a wet dog.|
|Because the Night 195: [He] checked the expended film cylinder. Film to burn.|
SE in slang uses
|Daily Courant 26 Dec. n.p.: [dramatis personae / actors for Coriolanus] Rob-Sack, the Miller - Bullock Sr.; Mend-foul, the Cobbler - Spiller; Nitt, the Tailor - Griffin; Burn-crust, the Baker - Pack.|
|, ,||Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.|
|Nottingham Rev. 9 Mar. 3/4: A well known kneader of dough [...] has been [...] exceedingly fond of pouring copious libations down his throat [...] Mrs Burncrust by no means approved.|
|Cobbett’s Wkly Political Register 12 Oct. 25/2: Mr Burn-Crust. Yes, my Lord, it is a great oppression.|
|Stamford Mercury 16 June 3/2: A race took place [...] between a respectable Burn-crust [...] and a large Farmer.|
to break wind.
1. to have a lesbian or heterosexual relationship.
|Prison Sl. 58: Burning Coal [...] used to indicate a sexual relationship between women or a heterosexual relationship.|
2. see under coal n.1
see under blue adj.3
see burn (up) v.
see under leather n.
to accelerate past another driver.
|DSUE (8th edn).|
|Reed Dict. of N.Z. Sl. 39: burn off Leave someone behind, usually by a rapid departure in a car. ANZ mid C20.|
see separate entries.
1. (US) to get very angry.
|Thieves’ Market 116: Don’t burn your collar. I’ll move it.|
2. to make someone angry.
|Bramble Bush 22: And there are words which he may call you which will burn your collar.|
1. to hurry.
|Wildcat 55: Wilecat, Cap’n says burn yo’ feet arrivin’ at his quarters.|
2. to become pregnant [euph.].
see under shoulder n.
see burn (up) v.
see separate entries.
see under paper n.
(US) to fire a gun.
|Marine Volunteer 2: So soon as Men are armed and accoutred [...] they should burn Powder every Day, for a Week at least,.|
|Maryland Hist. Mag. V 150: Atkinson said he intended to burn powder that day [DA].|
|Amer. Museum V 578/1: The principal officers [...] were employed in preparing and ordering an expensive entertainment, for spectators and officers, while the soldiers were left to burn powder to no purpose [DA].|
|Hants Chron. 13 Apr. 4/2: The Spaniards at present are wonderfully polite (and seldom burn powder except when chasing a vessel into their port).|
|Fife Herald 24 Nov. 3/2: Although they were sorely temped to discharge their artillery, none of them ventured to burn powder.|
|Pilot 9 June 2/5: [of a duel] Now [...] if he’s a gentleman, he must burn powder after such a message as that.|
|Galway Vindicator 11 Mar. 2/3: They have glory, national honour, contracts, commisariat, pay and promotion to burn powder for.|
|Coleraine Chron. 21 Mar. 4/2: It had always been customary in the country to burn powder in honour of a marriage.|
|New Dly Appeal (Crson City, NV) 11 Sept. 2/3: It is useless to rely again upon the Liberal Dicks and Slippery Jims of the opposition to burn powder in honor of our latest victory.|
|Saturday Press (HI) 8 Dec. 2/3: To wear [...] red feathers in one’s hat, to have foreign men of war burn powder in one’s honor [...] is the pomp and circumstance [...] of a governorship in the kingdom of Hawaii.|
|Shiner Gaz. (TX) 26 Oct. 4/3: Henry Crepon [...] states that while he was resting peacefully in camp someone on horseback rode up and proceeded to burn powder at a great rate.|
|Aberdeen jrnl 28 June 8/2: Veteran Mackie was also understood to be eager to burn powder first.|
|Omaha Dly Bee (NE) A series of traps [...] has enabled a large number of men to participate in matches [...] every gets all the opportunity he desires to burn powder: .|
|Central Record (Lancaster, KY) 4 July 3/5: The boys who today burn powder in its [i.e. independence] honor will not be slow should need arise to burn powder in its defense.|
|Warren Sheaf (MN) 3 July 4/1: The United States is likely to burn powder enough this year without wasting any of it on Independence Day.|
|Story Omnibus (1966) 330: From the side of the building another gun coughed [...] Jack and Li began to burn powder back at them.‘$106,000 Blood Money’|
|Cowboy Lingo 171: To start shooting was to [...] ‘burn powder’.|
see separate entry.
(US) to go very fast.
|Obscenities 3: He went inta the mile run / With a near four hundred / Burnt smoke for the first three laps.‘The Company Physical’ in|
(Aus.) to infuriate.
|What Do You Reckon (1997) [ebook] [I]t burns their arses to think that a wombat like me can be a successful writer.‘Tall Poppies Deserve Short Shrift’ in|
(orig. US) to go very fast.
|Western Echo 164: Of course, the first day the mustangs will burn the prairie [DA].|
|Virginian Pilot (Norfolk, VA) 19 Feb. 13/1: They [i.e. racehorses] trotted a mile in 2:14. Now they began to burn the earth.|
|Jimmyjohn Boss and Other Stories 47: Quick now. Burn the earth.|
|Hands Up! 49: They jumped into a carriage, and the driver was told to ‘burn the street.’.|
|Log of a Cowboy 37: I [...] put spurs to my horse, so that when they reached the brow of the hill, I was half a mile in the lead, burning the earth like a canned dog.|
|Rich Hill Trib. (MO) 3 June 3/2: His new auto [...] run by high power engines, the kind that can burn the road.|
|Glasgow Courier (MT) 15 Dec. 27/2: It’s the shock as much as the wound [...] Ride to town [...] Take the Guzzah and burn the road for Los and get a doctor.|
|Eve. Current (Carlsbad, NM) 4 Aug. 4/3: Walter Tomlinson has invested his spare ‘spondulix’ [...] and expects to burn the earth at a profit.|
|Arizona Republican (Phoenix, AZ) 6 Oct. n.p.: [advert] You can ‘burn up’ the road with a Horseshoe, but you can’t burn up the tyre.|
|Oroville Wkly Gaz. (WA) 1 Oct. 4/2: The fire department demonstrated that the boys are strictly on the job [...] The boys always burn the earth when called out.|
|Enter the Saint 107: I’ll take the Desurio [...] and you take the Morris and the moll — and let’s burn the road.|
|,||DAS 77/2: burn the road To drive a car fast.|
|Dict. of the Amer. West 39/1: To ride fast; also known as to burn the prairie, burn the earth.|
|Campus Sl. Dec. 1: burn the road up – rush, drive fast.|
(Aus.) to urinate in the open air.
|Popular Dict. Aus. Sl.|
|I Travelled a Lonely Land (1957) 231/1: burn the grass – go outdoors instead of going to the bathroom.|
to accomplish a noteworthy feat.
|Works (1812) 90: Whose modest wisdom [...] never aims / To find the longitude, or burn the Thames .Sir J. Banks and Emp. of Mor. in|
|Portfolio 6 Aug. 106/1: But Petty ne’er a prodigy will prove; Ne’er burn the Thames, or make the tide remove.|
|Suffolk Chron. 12 Sept. 2/5: This nobleman, better known as Lord Henry Petty [...] his hope having ben disappointed, add, ‘But Petty ne’er a prodigy will prove; / Ne’er burn the Thames, or make the tide remove’.|
|Morn. Advertiser (London) 18 Mar. 2/4: Russia [...] given some months since to seize Tilbury Fort, capture our fleet, and do everything but burn up the Thames, is abetted in her insidious manoeuvres in the East.|
|Wells Jrnl 7 Sept. 6/5: The enduring ones must reap the best rewards, unless in the very exceptional cases of those who canat the outset burn the Thames.|
to spear salmon by torchlight.
|Scott (1839) II. 265: This amusement of burning the water [...] was not without some hazard.in Lockhart|
(US) to go fast, orig. on horseback.
|Otto the Knight 219: An’ we all ayfter ’m, hollerin’ with all the power [...] Didn’t he burn the wind, though! [DA].|
|Bucky O’Connor (1910) 20: So burn the wind, and go through the car on the jump.|
|Brand Blotters (1912) 62: Drive on, José. Burn the wind and keep a-rollin’ south.|
|Negro and His Songs (1964) 177: Went down country to see my frien’, / In come yaller dog burnin’ the win’.|
|Tramp-Royal on the Toby 14: I burned the breeze as fast as my leg would let me.|
|Eve. Teleg. (Dundee) 8 Nov. 13/3: I’d tell Haskell to burn the wind getting to our camp.|
|Fidelity Folks 180: When something went fast in the odler days, we said it ‘burned the wind’ [DA].|
|,||DAS 77/2: burn the breeze [...] To drive a car fast.|
|Dict. of the Amer. West 39/1: burn the breeze To ride fast; also known as [...] burn the wind.|
see separate entries.
to drive a car very fast.
|‘Skate Report’ 10 Mar. on Sydney Bladers 🌐 I could smell burning wheels, I could almost hear my wheels screaming ‘I’m melting... meeelltttiiinnnnggggggg...’.|
to be extremely drunk.
|‘Sl. Expressions for Drunk’ in New Republic in AS XVI:1 (1941) 9 Mar. 70: [...] burns with a low blue flame.|
a general excl.
|Tom Crib’s Memorial to Congress 46: BILL GIBBONS ne’er / In all his days was known to swear, / Except light oaths, to grace his speeches, / Like ‘dash my wig,’ or ‘burn my breeches!’.|
|Jonathan Kentucky’s Jrnl July 30 in Spirit of the Eng. Mags 10 267/2: There was one who was continually exclaiming, — ‘Burn my breeches;’ another, with a higher reach of imagination, — ‘Thunder me dead’.|
|Boxiana III (App.) 619: And when the fight began, Lord, how the claret ran, ‘Burn my breeches!’ cries Gibbons.|
|Leeds Times 29 May 7/3: Pacheco ne’er [...] was known to swear, / Except light oaths [...] Like ‘burn my breeches’.|
(US) a general excl.
|Dames [film script] Burn my clothes if it isn’t Romeo, our financial backer.|
a general excl.
|(ref. to early 18C) Sheffield Dly Teleg. 11 Sept. 7/2: In Colly Cibbr’s days the young beaux [...] invented wild oaths such as ‘Stap my vitals,’ ‘Burn my liver,’ and ‘Scorch me’.|
a general excl.
|Burlesque Homer (3rd edn) 283: Burn my old wig!|
|Dick and Sal 18: An burn my skin, if I diden grin, A’cause I see it pleas’d em.|
go to hell!
|Gem 16 Sept. 4: ‘You hound,’ said Tom Merry. ‘Burn you!’.|