fire watcher


  • WordNet 3.6
    • n fire watcher (during World War II in Britain) someone whose duty was to watch for fires caused by bombs dropped from the air
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In literature:

There was never a gun fired at us, the watchers of the fords in those days.
"The Second Jungle Book" by Rudyard Kipling
Even old Vanderhoof, the fire-watcher of the yard, hobbled along breathlessly on his rheumatic legs.
"The Blazed Trail" by Stewart Edward White
The little fire died, and the water in the iron pot grew cold; yet the watcher on the rock did not stir.
"For the Term of His Natural Life" by Marcus Clarke
As Sir Bindon Blood and his escort approached the top of the pass, a few shots were fired by the watchers there, but there was no opposition.
"The Story of the Malakand Field Force" by Sir Winston S. Churchill
The snooper over the mound showed nothing but half a dozen fire-watchers dozing by their fires.
"Naudsonce" by H. Beam Piper
But the watcher whipped out his sword and took his position close to the fire.
"Tales of Wonder Every Child Should Know" by Various
The department watchers, fearing being flood-bound, sounded the fire call simultaneously with the break in the levee.
"The True Story of Our National Calamity of Flood, Fire and Tornado" by Logan Marshall
There were enough people in the village to make it easy for the watchers, and the fires would keep them warm.
"The Great Sioux Trail" by Joseph Altsheler
At fairly regular intervals he fired a shot to tell the watchers above the extent of their progress.
"Out of the Depths" by Robert Ames Bennet
Then the watcher fired, and the Indian dropping his torch fled, wounded.
"Noble Deeds of the World's Heroines" by Henry Charles Moore
If the night watchers fired, the bullet would be slowed by the water.
"The Flying Stingaree" by Harold Leland Goodwin
The fire-watcher raised his sad countenance and peered through his hair at Nod.
"The Three Mulla-mulgars" by Walter De La Mare
The watchers thought that if they only threw on enough fuel the fires would last.
"The Baron's Sons" by Mór Jókai
Then came more firing, and the sharp plonk of bullets as they struck the building were plainly heard by the watchers.
"The Son of his Father" by Ridgwell Cullum
The watcher's blood turned then to liquid fire.
"Erskine Dale--Pioneer" by John Fox
But a dream from which that pale, sad watcher, now gazing at the fire, would never awaken to life again.
"The Fire Trumpet" by Bertram Mitford
There was never a gun fired at us the watchers of the fords in those days.
"The Second Jungle Book" by Rudyard Kipling
The eager watchers on the walls could hear the rattle of the rifles and see the dark shadows cast by the forest shot with flashes of fire.
"Woven with the Ship" by Cyrus Townsend Brady
A fire was built on one side of the enclosure, and the watcher lay on the other.
"Cattle-Ranch to College" by Russell Doubleday
Another gun was fired, and the watchers saw that the vessel was close upon the breakers.
"The Wizard of West Penwith" by William Bentinck Forfar

In news:

Hawk watchers atop the William Penn Memorial Fire Tower last Saturday spot a passing sharp-shinned hawk.
Higher-Ed Gadget-Watchers React to Amazon 's New 'Kindle Fire' Tablet.
Higher-Ed Gadget-Watchers React to Amazon's New 'Kindle Fire ' Tablet.
Higher-Ed Gadget -Watchers React to Amazon's New 'Kindle Fire' Tablet.
Higher-Ed Gadget-Watchers React to Amazon's New 'Kindle Fire' Tablet.