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[fahyuh r-krak-er] /ˈfaɪərˌkræk ər/
a paper or cardboard cylinder filled with an explosive and having a fuse, for discharging to make a noise, as during a celebration.
Origin of firecracker
An Americanism dating back to 1820-30; fire + cracker Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Cap'n Jonadab set up straight and sputtered like a firecracker.

    Cape Cod Stories Joseph C. Lincoln
  • A boy without enthusiasm is like a firecracker without a fuse.

    The Boy With the U. S. Fisheries Francis Rolt-Wheeler
  • I remember I thought it must be white and soft like the string of a firecracker.

    Track's End

    Hayden Carruth
  • You look like some one had dropped a firecracker down your neck, or something.

    Full-Back Foster

    Ralph Henry Barbour
  • She actually got a firecracker and set it off under that beast.

    The Liberty Girl Rena I. Halsey
  • I said what was that, was that a firecracker, or someone said this.

    Warren Commission (4 of 26): Hearings Vol. IV (of 15) The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
  • With the ridiculous noise of a firecracker a pistol went off.

    The Monster

    Edgar Saltus
  • He withdrew the firecracker slide and turned out the stereopticon.

    The Heroes of the School Allen Chapman
British Dictionary definitions for firecracker


a small cardboard container filled with explosive powder and lit by a fuse
impressively energetic: a firecracker start to the race
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Slang definitions & phrases for firecracker



A bomb; torpedo (WWII armed forces)

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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