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firestorm

[fahyuh r-stawrm] /ˈfaɪərˌstɔrm/
noun
1.
an atmospheric phenomenon, caused by a large fire, in which the rising column of air above the fire draws in strong winds often accompanied by rain.
2.
a raging fire of great intensity, as one fueled by oil or gas, that spreads rapidly.
Also, fire storm.
Origin
1575-1585
1575-85; fire + storm
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  • And because he was out of the country, the singer was unaware of the firestorm brewing back home over the speech.
  • In the days since, a media firestorm has ensued over a perceived violation of civil liberties by transit system officials.
  • Also known as fracking, the practice has touched off a firestorm of concern over groundwater contamination.
  • No topic sets off a firestorm quicker than free soloing.
  • Program elimination is always controversial, and when it occurs inevitably results in a firestorm of opposition.
  • In some small towns, where the college is the only entertainment, there may be a firestorm of angry letters to the newspaper.
  • It is not too strong to call the other comments a firestorm of criticism.
  • Anyway, the question of what to do about these things provoked the predictable firestorm and the department was in uproar.
  • The memo was promptly leaked to the media, igniting a firestorm of debate over whether the ubiquitous devices are dangerous.
  • Since the water was used against phosphor bombs, the water only intensified the firestorm.
British Dictionary definitions for firestorm

firestorm

/ˈfaɪəˌstɔːm/
noun
1.
an uncontrollable blaze sustained by violent winds that are drawn into the column of rising hot air over the burning area: often the result of heavy bombing
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Slang definitions & phrases for firestorm

firestorm

noun

An intense and often destructive spate of action or reaction: The report has already generated a firestorm of criticism/ A lawyer from Time-Warner expected a firestorm of protest from the shareholders after the vote

[fr the catastrophic and unquenchable fires caused by aerial bombing of cities in World War II]


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