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spitfire

[spit-fahyuh r] /ˈspɪtˌfaɪər/
noun
1.
a person, especially a girl or woman, who is of fiery temper and easily provoked to outbursts.
2.
(initial capital letter) a British fighter plane with a single in-line engine used by the R.A.F. throughout World War II.
Origin
1590-1600
1590-1600; spit1 + fire
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British Dictionary definitions for spitfire

spitfire

/ˈspɪtˌfaɪə/
noun
1.
a person given to outbursts of spiteful temper and anger, esp a woman or girl
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Word Origin and History for spitfire
n.

1600, from spit (v.) + fire (n.). Replaced earlier shitfire (cf. Florentine cacafuoco).

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