- tremendous; extreme; excessive: He had the all-fired gall to quit in the middle of the job.
- Also all-fired·ly [awl-fahyuh rd-lee, -fahy-rid-] /ˈɔlˌfaɪərd li, -ˌfaɪ rɪd-/. extremely; excessively: Don't be so all-fired sure of yourself.
Origin of all-fired
First recorded in 1825–35; probably euphemism for hell-fired
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Examples from the Web for all-fired
They had received an all-fired good basting, that was sure as sure could be!The Downfall
But what is there so all-fired good about 'em to make 'em sell like that?'John Gayther's Garden and the Stories Told Therein
Frank R. Stockton
It's none o' my business, but you're too all-fired good a man to drink.The Wreck of the Titan
It's an all-fired outrage to tell any human creature that he's bound to hell.Moby Dick; or The Whale
Then after you get used to the rope wabbling so all-fired fast, you can do it like a mice.Back Home
- (prenominal) excessive; extreme
- (intensifier)don't be so all-fired sure of yourself!
altered from hell-fired
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Word Origin and History for all-fired
1837, U.S. slang euphemism for hell-fired.
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