burn at the stake

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burn at the stake

  1. If someone is burned at the stake they are tied to a wooden pole and killed by being burned alive. This was a punishment for crimes in Europe a long time ago.
    A witch was burned at the stake here.
  2. If someone burns at the stake they are being burned while tied to a pole.
    Joan of Arc burned at the stake after the English caught her.

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