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fire-eater

[fahyuh r-ee-ter] /ˈfaɪərˌi tər/
noun
1.
an entertainer who pretends to eat fire.
2.
an easily provoked, belligerent person.
3.
U.S. History. an early and extreme Southern advocate of secession before the Civil War.
Origin of fire-eater
1665-1675
1665-75
Related forms
fire-eating, adjective, noun
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Examples from the Web for fire-eater
Historical Examples
  • fire-eater, on the contrary, whenever he was really overcome, had the habit of sneezing.

    Pinocchio C. Collodi
  • “My, what a fire-eater my little Harvey has become,” she said.

    What's-His-Name George Barr McCutcheon
  • “Sit still, you fire-eater,” cried Sylvia, catching hold of his arm.

  • "They called you the 'fire-eater,'" I added, never knowing when to stop.

    The Hive Will Levington Comfort
  • And to think of standing up and being shot full of holes or carved like a turkey by that fire-eater with the fierce mustache!

    Frank Merriwell Down South Burt L. Standish
  • And he pulled out the money that fire-eater had made him a present of.

  • Where are the blankets and merchandise that bought the right of the fire-eater?

    The Pioneers James Fenimore Cooper
  • In a single day he could not change into a fire-eater and go merrily upon the man-hunt.

    Men in War Andreas Latzko
  • Have you too become a man of war, a fire-eater, a target for Mausers?

    "Forward, March" Kirk Munroe
  • You probably scared the poor lamb out of his wits, fire-eater that you are.

    The Unspeakable Perk Samuel Hopkins Adams
British Dictionary definitions for fire-eater

fire-eater

noun
1.
a performer who simulates the swallowing of fire
2.
a belligerent person
Derived Forms
fire-eating, noun, adjective
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Slang definitions & phrases for fire-eater

fire-eater

noun

  1. A quarrelsome and energetic person (1804+)
  2. A firefighter; Smoke-Eater (1920s+)
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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