Miss fire

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Miss fire to fail to go off or explode from some cause
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Quotations

  • Oliver Goldsmith
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    “There is no arguing with him, for if his pistol misses fire, he knocks you down with the butt end of it.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. missan; Dut. missen, to miss.

Usage

In literature:

They were sitting in front of the fire, and Miss Bray leaned over and cracked the coals.
"Mary Cary" by Kate Langley Bosher
Miss Sampson gave me orders to watch out for accidents, fire, anything.
"The Rustlers of Pecos County" by Zane Grey
Jan sat down by the fire, and, as Miss Deb said, took it in comfort.
"Verner's Pride" by Mrs. Henry Wood
Lucky for us both that the pistol missed fire.
"Gascoyne, The Sandal Wood Trader" by R. M. Ballantyne
About laying fires, as about most other things, Miss Terry had her own positive theories.
"The Christmas Angel" by Abbie Farwell Brown
Ned, keen of ear and so intent that he missed nothing, could now separate the two fires.
"The Texan Scouts" by Joseph A. Altsheler
He was so brainless that I just missed firing him the first day I had him.
"Joy in the Morning" by Mary Raymond Shipman Andrews
Will you take a chair here by the fire, miss?
"The Rebel of the School" by Mrs. L. T. Meade
But he fired at them point blank, although his bullet missed, and a shot from one of the Texans slew him.
"The Texan Star" by Joseph A. Altsheler
As soon as it was dark rockets were fired to try and direct the four missing men into camp, but without success.
"The Record of a Regiment of the Line" by M. Jacson
His gun had missed fire.
"The Gold Hunter's Adventures" by William H. Thomes
I had thought she meant Lady Betty; but, to my surprise, I found Miss Hamilton seated by the fire.
"Uncle Max" by Rosa Nouchette Carey
The veteran missed fire.
"Diane of the Green Van" by Leona Dalrymple
The stag had swerved aside just as he fired; he knew he must have missed.
"Prince Fortunatus" by William Black
Miss Jones had taken it for granted that their houseboat had caught fire by accident.
"Madge Morton, Captain of the Merry Maid" by Amy D. V. Chalmers
Morganson fired at the fleeing man and missed, and Oleson swerved.
"The Turtles of Tasman" by Jack London
Godey had also halted and fired, but he missed his aim.
"The Life and Adventures of Kit Carson, the Nestor of the Rocky Mountains, from Facts Narrated by Himself" by De Witt C. Peters
The gun missed fire with the first barrel.
"Sketches From My Life" by Hobart Pasha
When a squib is used and a shot misses fire, no person shall return until five minutes shall have elapsed.
"Mining Laws of Ohio, 1921" by Anonymous
But how often your 'feeling' misses fire!
"Adventures in Criticism" by Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
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In poetry:

That which I did most desire,
To allay my loving fire,
I may have, yet now must misse,
Since another Ruler is.
"59" by Mary Wroth
On the earth when deep snows lie
Still the sun is in the sky,
And when most we miss his fire
He is ever drawing nigher.
"Coming" by George MacDonald
We miss her in the place of prayer,
And by the hearth-fire's light;
We pause beside her door to hear
Once more her sweet "Good-night!"
"Gone" by John Greenleaf Whittier
A scuffle quickly now ensued;
With moral power they were endued.
They fired,—they missed,—they fired again,—
"Two thousand dollars" lost—and men!
"The Two Fugitives" by Benjamin Cutler Clark
'White-winged the cherubim,
Yet whiter seraphim,
Glow white with intense fire of love.'—
'Mine eyes are dim:
I look in vain above,
And miss their hymn.'—
"Christian And Jew" by Christina Georgina Rossetti
"Will I come?" That is pleasant! I beg to inquire
If the gun that I carry has ever missed fire?
And which was the muster-roll-mention but one--
That missed your old comrade who carries the gun?
"Once More" by Oliver Wendell Holmes

In news:

The search was called off Tuesday for another worker missing since the fire.
Black Elk Energy has halted the search for a worker missing since Friday's explosion and fire aboard an oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico.
Trail is a can't miss, from single-track to fire-road wide.
Gulf rig fire leaves 4 workers critical, 2 missing.
Ziggy, the cat that went missing after a fire at the Canton Veterinary Hospital on Tuesday, was found Thursday morning.
Kids thought dead in house fire now believed missing.
Kids believed dead in house fire now thought missing.
Black Elk Energy has halted the search for a worker missing since Friday's explosion and fire aboard an oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico .
2 missing, none confirmed dead, in Gulf of Mexico rig fire.
An oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico caught fire after an explosion Friday, sending 11 people to hospitals and leaving two missing, authorities said.
Two dead, 2 missing after offshore platform fire in Gulf of Mexico .
Long-Missing Smokey Fire Scores in Highlander .
1 of 2 missing platform fire victims confirmed dead.
The Delaware County Board of Elections will not accept a levy request after board officials said the Orange Township Fire Department missed the deadline and didn't submit all of the required paperwork.
For two people late Wednesday night, the safe environment of their own home was shaken when a bullet was fired into their living room , narrowly missing them.
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