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three-alarm fire

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three-alarm fire


A very exciting or overwhelming event; a crisis

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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  • Penny always handles an automobile as if she were enroute to a three-alarm fire!

    The Wishing Well Mildred A. Wirt

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