fire boss

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noun Mining.

a person who inspects a mine for the presence of noxious gases, dangerous roofs, and other hazards.

Nearby words

  1. fire away,
  2. fire balloon,
  3. fire beetle,
  4. fire blanket,
  5. fire blight,
  6. fire brigade,
  7. fire cherry,
  8. fire chief,
  9. fire clay,
  10. fire company

Compare mine examiner.

Origin of fire boss

An Americanism dating back to 1880–85

Also called gasman; British, fireman.

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Examples from the Web for fire boss

  • But what if the "fire-boss" overslept himself, or happened to be drunk?

    King Coal|Upton Sinclair
  • “Hoover and Young, and everybody, and not one scratched,” responded the fire-boss.

    The Young Railroaders|Francis Lovell Coombs