fire-eater

Definitions

  • Makoma throws his hammer at the fire-eater
    Makoma throws his hammer at the fire-eater
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n fire-eater a performer who pretends to swallow fire
    • n fire-eater a belligerent grouch
    • n fire-eater a member of a fire department who tries to extinguish fires
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Pierce Brosnan once worked with the circus as a fire eater
    • n fire-eater A juggler who pretends to eat fire.
    • n fire-eater A person of recklessly defiant disposition, especially a persistent duelist; specifically, in the United States, before the civil war, a violent and bitter Southern partizan.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Fire-eater a juggler who pretends to eat fire: one given to needless quarrelling, a professed duellist
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. fýr; Ger. feuer; Gr. pyr.

Usage

In literature:

Already Welsh chieftainship was being crystallised in the aggressive little fire-eater.
"The War After the War" by Isaac Frederick Marcosson
Upon these fire-eaters de Robeck has hitherto thrown cold water.
"Gallipoli Diary, Volume I" by Ian Hamilton
Fire-eater at first remained as hard and unmoved as ice, but little by little he began to melt and to sneeze.
"Childhood's Favorites and Fairy Stories" by Various
I've had to go through every trick and quip I learnt when I was with old Nat Fire-eater.
"The Armourer's Prentices" by Charlotte M. Yonge
I'd no idea you were going to develop into such a fire-eater.
"A Dash from Diamond City" by George Manville Fenn
I say, why in the name of wonder are you not in the service, my young fire-eater?
"In Honour's Cause" by George Manville Fenn
This was not a threat likely to deter a British officer, and particularly such fire-eaters as ours.
"Frank Mildmay" by Captain Frederick Marryat
Mr. Breckinridge is a Democrat and a fire-eater.
"The Long Roll" by Mary Johnston
It's a pity if two fire-eaters like us can't tackle a man with a broken leg.
"Ben's Nugget" by Horatio, Jr. Alger
Joe Hawkridge was puzzled by this gentle fire-eater with the complexion of a girl.
"Blackbeard: Buccaneer" by Ralph D. Paine
I was prepared to find a fanatic and fire-eater.
"An African Adventure" by Isaac F. Marcosson
We're no worse off than we were before we got a reputation for being such fire-eaters.
"Miss Mapp" by Edward Frederic Benson
What a fire-eater you are, Sutgrove.
"The Motor Pirate" by George Sidney Paternoster
That isn't exactly the portrait of a fire-eater.
"The King of Arcadia" by Francis Lynde
I say, though, what a peppery old fire-eater you are!
"The Star-Gazers" by George Manville Fenn
And who keeps you back, my dear fire-eater?
"The Iron Trevet or Jocelyn the Champion" by Eugène Sue
What a fire-eater you are, Rockley.
"The Master of the Ceremonies" by George Manville Fenn
But suppose she were expected to mount, for instance, some such fire-eater as the Rabbit!
"Why Joan?" by Eleanor Mercein Kelly
I will turn over my little account to the big fire-eater yonder who will collect all debts.
"She Buildeth Her House" by Will Comfort
TWO YOUNG FIRE-EATERS OUT-GENERALLED.
"Roger Kyffin's Ward" by W.H.G. Kingston
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In poetry:

I hear the wild Rice-Eater thresh
The grain he has not sown;
I see, with flashing scythe of fire,
The prairie harvest mown!
"On Receiving An Eagle's Quill From Lake Superior" by John Greenleaf Whittier

In news:

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Early Times Fire Eater , a hot cinnamon-flavored liqueur and Early Times' first flavored spirit, launched in July.
Early Times Fire Eater is designed to be reminiscent of the turn of the century carnival era.
Reminiscent of the turn-of-the-century carnival era, Early Times Fire Eater is a hot cinnamon flavored spirit that merges cinnamon liqueur with aged Kentucky whiskey.
Items Tagged with 'Fire Eater'.
A gallant fire-eater, now among the besiegers at Pensacola, appears to have his desire as yet ungratified.
1 1/2 oz Early Times Fire Eater.
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