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all-fired

[awl-fahyuh rd] /ˈɔlˌfaɪərd/ Informal.
adjective, superlative all-firedest.
1.
tremendous; extreme; excessive:
He had the all-fired gall to quit in the middle of the job.
adverb
2.
Also, all-firedly
[awl-fahyuh rd-lee, -fahy-rid-] /ˈɔlˌfaɪərd li, -ˌfaɪ rɪd-/ (Show IPA)
. extremely; excessively:
Don't be so all-fired sure of yourself.
Origin of all-fired
1825-1835
1825-35; probably euphemism for hell-fired
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  • If Kiddie wasn't so all-fired scrupulous about truth an' justice, he'd make a passable magistrate.

    Kiddie the Scout Robert Leighton
  • But what is there so all-fired good about 'em to make 'em sell like that?'

  • I guess, Silas,' says I, 'that you've made an all-fired fool of yerself.

  • It's an all-fired outrage to tell any human creature that he's bound to hell.

    Moby Dick; or The Whale Herman Melville
  • If he dealt the cards he would get an all-fired hand himself, and if I dealt him nothing he'd bluff me right up the chimney.

    Geoffrey Hampstead Thomas Stinson Jarvis
  • Then after you get used to the rope wabbling so all-fired fast, you can do it like a mice.

    Back Home Eugene Wood
  • They're all-fired fast, but it's funny how they stop when you tackle them.

    Football Days William H. Edwards
  • "It's been all-fired lonely with both you an' her gone," said Mormon.

    Rimrock Trail J. Allan Dunn
  • I'm a good enough Yank to see if your dinky police is such an all-fired cute little bunch of wonder-workers as you say!

    Murder in Any Degree Owen Johnson
  • She was so all-fired mad that she come to me and wanted him 'rested.

    Frank Merriwell's Son Burt L. Standish
British Dictionary definitions for all-fired

all-fired

adjective
1.
(prenominal) excessive; extreme
adverb
2.
(intensifier): don't be so all-fired sure of yourself!
Word Origin
altered from hell-fired
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Word Origin and History for all-fired
adj.

1837, U.S. slang euphemism for hell-fired.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for all-fired

all-fired

adjective

: He's got an all-fired lot of nerve

adverb

To an extreme or extravagant degree: Don't be so all-fired stupid

[1800s+; a euphemism for hell-fired]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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