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fire-eater

[fahyuh r-ee-ter] /ˈfaɪərˌi tər/
noun
1.
an entertainer who pretends to eat fire.
2.
an easily provoked, belligerent person.
3.
U.S. History. an early and extreme Southern advocate of secession before the Civil War.
Origin of fire-eater
1665-1675
First recorded in 1665-75
Related forms
fire-eating, adjective, noun
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Examples from the Web for fire-eater
Historical Examples
  • He is the dandy of the company in real life, though a fire-eater on the stage.

    Scaramouche Rafael Sabatini
  • Where are the blankets and merchandise that bought the right of the fire-eater?

    The Pioneers James Fenimore Cooper
  • I may have been a fire-eater once—I may have been a gay young feller as could—; but no matter.

    The Lighthouse R.M. Ballantyne
  • “My, what a fire-eater my little Harvey has become,” she said.

    What's-His-Name George Barr McCutcheon
  • It was quite evident that he was not such a fire-eater as Captain Stinger.

    In The Saddle Oliver Optic
  • "They called you the 'fire-eater,'" I added, never knowing when to stop.

    The Hive

    Will Levington Comfort
  • People said afterward it was a pity he was such a fire-eater.

    The Bartlett Mystery Louis Tracy
  • Personally, he is the last man who would be selected as a “fire-eater.”

  • And he pulled out the money that fire-eater had made him a present of.

  • fire-eater, on the contrary, whenever he was really overcome, had the habit of sneezing.

    Pinocchio C. Collodi
British Dictionary definitions for fire-eater

fire-eater

noun
1.
a performer who simulates the swallowing of fire
2.
a belligerent person
Derived Forms
fire-eating, noun, adjective
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Slang definitions & phrases for fire-eater

fire-eater

noun

  1. A quarrelsome and energetic person (1804+)
  2. A firefighter; Smoke-Eater (1920s+)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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