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I heard a phrase which I'm not sure it's this but I liked it. It was a classical radio station in Southern California. It was a hot day and radio was playing a song about ice and snow, and the commenter said something like:

"Now you can shred off some of the heat listening to this song.

Can we use shred off for heat? To mean "reduce the heat," for example, or a similar meaning?

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closed as off-topic by MετάEd, mplungjan, choster, FumbleFingers, Kristina Lopez Jul 2 '13 at 17:57

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Likely he meant SHED: To rid oneself of (something not wanted or needed) –  mplungjan Jul 2 '13 at 13:28
Probably a mixture of shed and shrug off –  Andrew Leach Jul 2 '13 at 13:28
If it were a classic rock station, I would call it a play on shed/shred (as guitar shredding). –  JeffSahol Jul 2 '13 at 13:44
This is not a question about English, per se. This is a request to guess at what someone spoke or mis-spoke ex tempore on the radio. –  MετάEd Jul 2 '13 at 14:59
it's either a typo or a mis-hearing –  FumbleFingers Jul 2 '13 at 17:24

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I think you have heard it wrong. As mentioned in the comments, what he meant is I guess "shed off", which according to the OED means to eliminate part of something. So, given the context, it means the song would help you eliminate some heat.

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Since this is the exact same guess as my comment of an hour ago, I wonder if this is reasonable to post as an answer –  mplungjan Jul 2 '13 at 14:59
PS: I did not vote down –  mplungjan Jul 2 '13 at 15:10
Basically, it's fine BUT if you use something from the comment (like a reference) it should be cited. @mplungjan meta.english.stackexchange.com/questions/2653/… –  simchona Jul 2 '13 at 16:41
@mplungjan Happy now? –  Noah Jul 2 '13 at 17:31
I posted a comment because it was an opinion on hearsay whereas another similar question provided a sound clip. I expect answers to contain additional information. It was not the case here. Only difference is naming a resource. –  mplungjan Jul 2 '13 at 18:33

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