burn out v.
1. (US Und.) to be arrested as a result of a tip-off or an informer.
|Real Life in London I 387: If the first inhabitants are really induced to quit, the house is quickly occupied by similar game, and the circumstance of the burning out, as it is termed, serves as a direction-post to new visitors.|
2. (also burn up) vi, to become mentally or physically exhausted.
|(con. 1917–18) Wings (1928) 190: Powell was burning himself up, they all agreed. He was having almost daily combats.|
|Corner Boy 180: He wouldn’t be running after young girls when he was fifty, he would have burned out by then.|
|It (1987) 136: You’ll burn out on sex and booze.|
|Indep. 26 June 10: I would get out of bed almost every night and write an idea down. I burnt myself out.|
|Guardian Rev. 3 Mar. 13: Their fellow 70s hellraisers burned out, burned up or turned into poodle-permed softies.|
|Guardian 12 Sept. 🌐 The Londonwide Local Medical Committee says GPs are ‘burned out’ due to an increase in demand and cuts.|
3. vtr. to exhaust, mentally or physically.
|Another Mug for the Bier 125: ‘She burned out her gentlemen friends very fast, I have heard’.|
4. to die, from over-work, exhaustion.
|Picture Post 15 Jan. 42: Jacques Fath was a human dynamo. In a few short years he designed and charmed his way to the top of the world of fashion. Then, last November, at 42, he burnt himself out.|
5. (US) to suffer a setback or failure.
|Awopbop. (1970) 102: By the time that any fad burned out, the Beach Boys were inevitably long long gone.|
6. to become bored.
|On the Yard (2002) 312: He’ll burn out on the little bitch [...] and pass her on to you.|
7. to use up or exhaust a source for stolen goods.
|Portraits from a Shooting Gallery in Lingeman (1969) n.p.: If he [the addict] is a booster [thief] he will recognize the fact that he can ‘burn out’ a certain department store. He will therefore respect the store detectives and move from place to place as the days passed.|
8. (US campus) to do well.
9. to stop or give up suddenly.
|Hip-Hop Connection Dec. 19: Why one of hip-hop’s greatest names have [sic] chosen to burn out rather than fade away.|