Words nearby hangfire
How to use hangfire in a sentence
In the case of a misfire, don't open the bolt immediately, as it may be a hangfire.
Other Idioms and Phrases with hangfire
Delay, as in The advertising campaign is hanging fire until they decide how much to spend on it. This expression originally referred to the 17th-century flintlock musket, where the priming powder ignited but often failed to explode the main charge, a result called hanging fire. [c. 1800]