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firebug

[fahyuh r-buhg] /ˈfaɪərˌbʌg/
noun, Informal.
1.
arsonist; incendiary; pyromaniac.
Origin of firebug
1870-1875
1870-75, Americanism; fire + bug1
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  • Or it could have been a drooling firebug looking for a safe corner to set a fire.
  • He bore a shadowed name as a firebug, having burned three buildings for insurance.
British Dictionary definitions for firebug

firebug

/ˈfaɪəˌbʌɡ/
noun
1.
(informal) a person who deliberately sets fire to property
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Word Origin and History for firebug
n.

"arsonist," 1872, from fire (n.) + bug (n.).

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Slang definitions & phrases for firebug

firebug

noun

An arsonist; pyromaniac

[1872+; fr fire plus bug, ''maniac'']


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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