ball of fire

noun
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:
1815–25

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ball of fire
 
n
informal a very lively person

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ball of fire

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

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
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Example sentences
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.
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