scorch


scorch
[[t]skɔ͟ː(r)tʃ[/t]]
scorches, scorching, scorched
1) VERB To scorch something means to burn it slightly.

[V n] The bomb scorched the side of the building.

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scorched ADJ-GRADED

...scorched black earth.

2) V-ERG If something scorches or is scorched, it becomes marked or changes colour because it is affected by too much heat or by a chemical.

The leaves are inclined to scorch in hot sunshine...

[V n] If any of the spray goes onto the lawn it will scorch the grass.

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scorched ADJ-GRADED

...the lamp with its scorched plastic shade.

3) VERB If you scorch round a place, you move round it very quickly, either in a car or on foot. [BRIT, INFORMAL]

[V prep/adv] Many people dream of scorching round a racetrack.

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