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Words nearby hangfire
Example sentences from the Web for hangfire
In the case of a misfire, don't open the bolt immediately, as it may be a hangfire.
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]