Nearby words

  1. firbank,
  2. firbolg,
  3. firbolgs,
  4. firdausi,
  5. firdusi,
  6. fire alarm,
  7. fire ant,
  8. fire apparatus,
  9. fire appliance,
  10. fire area

Idioms

Origin of fire

before 900; (noun) Middle English; Old English fȳr; cognate with Old Norse fūrr, German Feuer, Greek pŷr (see pyro-); (v.) Middle English firen to kindle, inflame, derivative of the noun

Related formsfir·er, 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

Can be confuseddownsize fire lay off rightsize terminate

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British Dictionary definitions for under fire

fire

/ (faɪə) /

noun

verb

sentence substitute

a cry to warn others of a fire
the order to begin firing a gun, artillery, etc
Derived Formsfireable, adjectivefireless, adjectivefirer, noun

Word Origin for fire

Old English fӯr; related to Old Saxon fiur, Old Norse fūrr, Old High German fūir, Greek pur

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Word Origin and History for under fire
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Medicine definitions for under fire

fire

[ fīr ]

v.

To generate an electrical impulse. Used of a neuron.

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Idioms and Phrases with under fire

under fire

Criticized or held responsible, as in The landlord is under fire for not repairing the roof. This expression originally referred to being within range of enemy guns; its figurative use dates from the late 1800s.

fire

In addition to the idioms beginning with fire

  • fire away
  • fire off
  • fire on all cylinders
  • fire up

also see:

  • 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.

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