- to discharge (as weapons, ammunition, etc.): Police fired off canisters of tear gas.
- to write and send hurriedly: She fired off an angry letter to her congressman.
Idioms about fire
- Also catch on fire. to become ignited; burn: The sofa caught fire from a lighted cigarette.
- to create enthusiasm: His new book did not catch fire among his followers.
- to be delayed in exploding, or fail to explode.
- to be undecided, postponed, or delayed: The new housing project is hanging fire because of concerted opposition.
- to fail to explode or discharge, as a firearm.
- to fail to produce the desired effect; be unsuccessful:He repeated the joke, but it missed fire the second time.
- ignited; burning; afire.
- eager; ardent; zealous: They were on fire to prove themselves in competition.
- to cause to burn; ignite.
- to excite; arouse; inflame: The painting set fire to the composer's imagination.
- to become ignited; burn.
- to become inspired with enthusiasm or zeal: Everyone who heard him speak immediately took fire.
- under attack, especially by military forces.
- under censure or criticism: The school administration is under fire for its policies.
Origin of fire
OTHER WORDS FROM firefirer, nouncoun·ter·fire, noun, verb (used without object), coun·ter·fired, coun·ter·fir·ing.re·fire, verb, re·fired, re·fir·ing.un·fired, adjective
How to use fire in a sentence
In a recent mapping project, researchers at Arizona State University and the University of California, Los Angeles found that debris flow risk in areas that experience fires will generally increase as climate change progresses.California wildfires may give way to massive mudslides|Ula Chrobak|September 17, 2020|Popular-Science
The number of days with extreme fire risk conditions across California could increase by more than 50% toward the end of the century under a scenario in which global emissions peak around 2050 and decline thereafter, according to one recent study.Suppressing fires has failed. Here’s what California needs to do instead.|James Temple|September 17, 2020|MIT Technology Review
The official death toll for the entire fire is now 35 people, and the high-speed winds that are fueling the fires are expected to continue in the following days.West Coast wildfire smoke is visible from outer space|María Paula Rubiano A.|September 16, 2020|Popular-Science
Choking smoke from hundreds of fires, several of the largest ever to hit the west coast, stretched from Seattle to Mexico.For millions of Americans, the wildfires made climate change real|Michael J. Coren|September 15, 2020|Quartz
On the same day, Aguila Saleh, the speaker of an eastern Parliament aligned with the general, also called for a cease-fire.
A street sweeper was caught in the crossfire as a gunman fired at the officer, fatally wounding her in the back.
One of the other cops fired three times and those who were still able to give chase did.
The cops gave chase and the gunman fired the big revolver twice more.
The NOPD fired Knight in 1973 for stealing lumber from a construction site as an off-duty cop.
Knight and Farrell were both fired from the New Orleans Police Department before they gravitated to Duke.
Before we had all fired, Fanning and a dozen of his sharpest men had again loaded, and were by our side.
The men, whose poniards his sword parried, had recourse to fire-arms, and two pistols were fired at him.
The next moment a pistol was fired at their head, and a deep groan shewed it had taken too true an aim.
At once the sepoys at the Kashmir Gate fired a volley at the nearest officers, of whom three fell dead.The Red Year|Louis Tracy
To-day I have stood in the main battery which has fired a shot establishing, in its way, a record in the annals of destruction.Gallipoli Diary, Volume I|Ian Hamilton
British Dictionary definitions for fire
- a mass of burning coal, wood, etc, used esp in a hearth to heat a room
- (in combination)firewood; firelighter
- the act of discharging weapons, artillery, etc
- the shells, etc, fired
- to delay firing
- to delay or be delayed
- in a state of ignition
- ardent or eager
- informal playing or performing at the height of one's abilities
- to ignite
- to arouse or excite
Derived forms of firefireable, adjectivefireless, adjectivefirer, noun
Word Origin for fire
Medical definitions for fire
Other Idioms and Phrases with fire
In addition to the idioms beginning with fire
- fire away
- fire off
- fire on all cylinders
- fire up
- add fuel to the fire
- ball of fire
- baptism of fire
- catch fire
- caught in the cross-fire
- draw fire
- fat is in the fire
- fight fire with fire
- get on (like a house afire)
- hang fire
- hold one's fire
- hold someone's feet to the fire
- irons in the fire
- light a fire under
- line of fire
- miss fire
- no smoke without fire
- on fire
- open fire
- out of the frying pan into the fire
- play with fire
- set on fire
- set the world on fire
- spread like wildfire
- trial by fire
- under fire
- where's the fire
Also see underfiring.