Where there's smoke there's fire
The very presence of a rumor means that something is afoot, even if not exactly what is rumored.
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But what is there more irresponsible than playing with the fire of an imagined civil war in the France of today?Houellebecq’s Incendiary Novel Imagines France With a Muslim President|Pierre Assouline|January 9, 2015|DAILY BEAST
The cameraman was reporting on the factory catching fire when the inevitable happened.
Lady Edith is so sad that her sadness nearly set the whole damned house on fire.‘Downton Abbey’ Review: A Fire, Some Sex, and Sad, Sad Edith|Kevin Fallon|January 5, 2015|DAILY BEAST
“A guy drives up in a 2008 Mercedes, brand new,” Harry S. Connelly Jr. says in the video, according to the Times.
Maybe Mary is being more realistic about a second marriage—but is it too much to ask for a little fire?
"A camp-fire would hardly flash and die out like that, Sarge," he answered thoughtfully.
She got up and stood in front of the fire, having her hand on the chimney-piece and looking down at the blaze.Confidence|Henry James
The young men gathered round him and offered him a cigar, which he accepted and began to smoke.Music-Study in Germany|Amy Fay
After a bit of waiting, Mac decided that the smoke was floating from a certain direction, and we began to edge carefully that way.
The fire had been heaped over with earth—to screen it from prying eyes, I suppose, while the good work went on.