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I had seen the NIN video they had out then that looked like a total burn of a Joel-Peter Witkin photo.

What does total burn mean here? It doesn't seem to have the physical meaning of burn.

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  • Urban Dictionary can sometimes be helpful in contexts like these.
    – Pockets
    Aug 8, 2014 at 23:25
  • @SamuelLijin sorry, but I looked up there and I didn't find any appropriate meaning.
    – lotta_love
    Aug 10, 2014 at 6:03

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Burn is this sense means an insult of some kind, especially if it's a witty retort.

Total is used as an intensifier.

This instance is a slightly broader use than normal where it seems to be used in place of parody.

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