fire boss

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

Origin of fire boss

An Americanism dating back to 1880–85

Words Nearby fire boss Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use fire boss in a sentence

  • But they did, and a fire boss happened to be passing at the time, so he located their hiding-place.

    Into the Jaws of Death | Jack O'Brien
  • Finally the fire boss went for help, and as soon as he left the boys came out.

    Into the Jaws of Death | Jack O'Brien
  • The assistant superintendent, the mining engineer, the safety inspector, and the fire boss were already in.

    The Boy With the U.S. Miners | Francis Rolt-Wheeler
  • “Hoover and Young, and everybody, and not one scratched,” responded the fire-boss.

    The Young Railroaders | Francis Lovell Coombs
  • But what if the "fire-boss" overslept himself, or happened to be drunk?

    King Coal | Upton Sinclair