burn a hole in one's pocket
money burns a hole in one's pocket
To make you want to buy something; be likely to be quickly spent.
Money burns a hole in Linda's pocket.
The silver dollar that Don got for his birthday was burning a hole in his pocket, and Don hurried to a dime store.
To burn to the ground; be totally gutted by fire.
The old frame house burned down before the firefighters could get to it.
There was a large amount of wax on the table where the candles had burned down.
The fire spread so quickly that the firefighters could not prevent the whole block of buildings from burning down.
burn one's bridges
burn one's boats
To make a decision that you cannot change; remove or destroy all the ways you can get back out of a place you have got into on purpose; leave yourself no way to escape a position.
Bob was a good wrestler but a poor boxer. He burned his boats by letting Mickey choose how they would fight.
When Dorothy became a nun, she burned her bridges behind her.
burn one's fingers
get one's fingers burned
To get in trouble doing something and fear to do it again; learn caution through an unpleasant experience.
Попасть однажды в трудную ситуацию, и боятся снова попасть в такое-же положение.
He had burned his fingers in the stock market once, and didn't want to try again.
Some people can't be told; they have to burn their fingers to learn.
My father burned his fingers in the stock market and he does not want to invest money there again.
Мой отец обжег руки на рынке ценных бумаг и не хочет больше вкладывать туда деньги.
He got his fingers so badly burnt in the last elections that he decided to withdraw from politics.
Он так обжегся на предыдущих выборах, что решил уйти из политики.
burn one's house to get rid of the mice
Дословно: сжечь дом, чтобы избавиться от мышей. Потратить много средств для достижения малой цели, обычно по глупости.
He got into troubles. He could burn his house to get rid of the mice.
Он попал в неприятности. Он мог пожертвовать многим, чтобы избавиться от незначительной неприятности.
To destroy by fire or by overheating.
Mr. Jones burned out the clutch on his car.
To destroy someone's house or business by fire so that they have to move out.
Three racists burned out the Black family's home.
To go out of order; cease to function because of long use or overheating.
The light bulb in the bathroom burned out, and Father put in a new one.
The electric motor was too powerful, and it burned out a fuse.
This light bulb has burned out. Could you get another one?
To break, tire, or wear out by using up all the power, energy, or strength of.
Bill burned himself out in the first part of the race and could not finish.
The farmer burned out his field by planting the same crop every year for many years.
Studying all day for my final exams has really burned me out.
To start up a car or a motorcycle from dead stop so fast that the tires leave a mark on the road.
The neighborhood drag racers burned a lot of rubber - look at the marks on the road!
To leave in a hurry.
I guess I am going to have to burn rubber.
burn the candle at both ends
To work or play too hard without enough rest; get too tired.
He worked hard every day as a lawyer and went to parties and dances every night; he was burning the candle at both ends.