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[uh-fahyuh r] /əˈfaɪər/
on fire:
to set a house afire.
aflame (def 2).
Origin of afire
1175-1225; Middle English; see a-1, fire Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for afire


adverb, adjective (postpositive)
on fire; ablaze
intensely interested or passionate: he was afire with enthusiasm for the new plan
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Word Origin and History for afire

c.1200, afure, from a- "on" (see a- (1)) + fire (n.). Figurative use by late 14c.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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