- burn burn [bɜːn ǁ bɜːrn] verb burned PTandPP or burnt [bɜːnt ǁ bɜːrnt] [transitive]2. be/get burned informal to lose a lot of money in a business deal, usually because it involves a high risk:
• A lot of investors got burned buying junk bonds which turned out to be worthless.3. burn your fingers/get your fingers burnt informal to suffer from the results of an unsuccessful business activity:
• Since burning their fingers on 100% lending that turned into bad debt, lenders have been limiting borrowing to 75% of the property's value.
* * *burn UK US /bɜːn/ verb (past tense burned, past tense UK also burnt)► [T] IT to copy information, recorded music, images, etc. onto a CD: burn sth to/onto sth »
The service allows consumers to download a movie, but not to burn it onto a DVD.● be/get burned — Cf. get burned● burn a hole in sb's pocket — Cf. burn a hole in sb's pocket● burn the candle at both ends — Cf. burn the candle at both ends● burn the midnight oil — Cf. burn the midnight oil● get/have your fingers burned — Cf. have your fingers burned
Financial and business terms. 2012.