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ball of fire

noun
1.
a dynamic person capable of or displaying rapid and highly effective thought, action, etc.:
The new manager turned out to be a ball of fire.
Origin
1815-1825
1815-25
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Examples from the web for ball of fire
  • She's huddled, captive, in a ball of fire before the three thrones of the devil and his sidekicks.
  • The next thing he knew was a blaze of white magnesium light, and a huge ball of fire.
  • Its operators increase power and the flame grows-until the rocket explodes in a ball of fire.
  • We thought a big ball of fire could come roaring down that aisle.
  • The caution comes in recognizing that the rising sun, for all its friendly promise, is still a ball of fire.
  • Upon opening the post valve, the regulator generated a loud popping sound and emitted a ball of fire.
British Dictionary definitions for ball of fire

ball of fire

noun
1.
(informal) a very lively person
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Slang definitions & phrases for ball of fire

ball of fire

noun phrase

A dazzling performer; spectacularly successful striver; overachiever; go-getter, hot shot

[1900+; perhaps fr earlier ball of fire, ''a very fast train'']


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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Idioms and Phrases with ball of fire

ball of fire

A dynamic, energetic, and successful individual, as in I hope Pat joins us; she's a real ball of fire. [ ; early 1800s ]
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