fire-swallower

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n fire-swallower a performer who pretends to swallow fire
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Usage

In literature:

I took one swallow of it and I thought I had swallowed a blacksmith's forge, with a coal fire in it.
"How Private George W. Peck Put Down The Rebellion or, The Funny Experiences of a Raw Recruit - 1887" by George W. Peck
Vikher roared, breathing fire in his rage, and with his mouth wide open threw himself upon the prince, intending to swallow him.
"Fairy Tales of the Slav Peasants and Herdsmen" by Alexander Chodsko
We had our revenge; we bound fire under the wings of a swallow, who had a nest on the thatched roof of the huntsman.
"Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen" by Hans Christian Andersen
The Thracians intoxicate themselves by swallowing the fumes of certain herbs, which they cast into the fire.
"Ebrietatis Encomium" by Boniface Oinophilus
The smoke and fire swallowed them up; their red bodies and short black wings drove unswervingly into the holocaust of flame.
"The Hammer of Thor" by Charles Willard Diffin
Jehovah shall swallow them up in his anger, And the fire shall devour them.
"The Lord of Glory" by Arno Gaebelein
Peyton hummed and hemmed, looked into the fire, made two or three strenuous swallows of nothing, and opened his mouth to speak.
"The Continental Dragoon" by Robert Neilson Stephens
Swallowing hard, MacGuire prepared to stare into the face of the man he had carved from fire's possession.
"The Land of Look Behind" by Paul Cameron Brown
The old church was swallowed up by the Great Fire, and the present building erected in 1680, at a cost of L11,430 5s.
"Old and New London" by Walter Thornbury
Fire will blacken the earth; flood will swallow and spew forth the soil.
"Our Southern Highlanders" by Horace Kephart
One might have said that the Tuileries were about to be swallowed up in a gulf of fire and blood.
"Marie Antoinette and the Downfall of Royalty" by Imbert de Saint-Amand
She is compact of fire and air and dew, and her path is like the swallow's.
"The Day of His Youth" by Alice Brown
The fire was a living, advancing thing that might surround and swallow them in its flaming greed.
"Janet Hardy in Radio City" by Ruthe S. Wheeler
Had I swallowed fire it could not have been as bad; and, indeed, it was neither more nor less than liquid fire.
"Alone with the Hairy Ainu" by A. H. Savage Landor
Batiste spent the afternoon firing at the wheeling swallows.
"The Cabin" by Vicente Blasco Ibáñez
It came, a yelling that soared upward like fire swallowing dry pine, throbbing yells made by only one kind of creature alive.
"Wilderness of Spring" by Edgar Pangborn
He superintends a number of fish-like devils which float in a lake of fire, and swallow the damned.
"Demonology and Devil-lore" by Moncure Daniel Conway
The jack-pudding ceased his contortions, and embraced the opportunity to swallow a mouthful of real brandy instead of artificial fire.
"Katerfelto" by G. J. Whyte-Melville
Many people were swallowed up by the earth, and others who had escaped the fire perished in the water.
"The Oera Linda Book" by Anonymous
Swallow that, an' you can dance in the fire an' not feel nothin'; cut yourself in little bits an' you'll think it fun.
"In Search of El Dorado" by Alexander MacDonald
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In poetry:

Night swallows what’s old
when faith catches fire.
The will reawakes,
sparks leap ever higher.
"The Will" by Eberhard Arnold
And the mayor was there —with his " Lady Mayor "
—He'd promised us fourpence —in consols —
He started to sing " God save the King ",
But "back-fired" and-swallowed his tonsils !
"One Over The Eight (Football Score!)" by T W Connor
I went up to a squatter, and asked him for a feed,
But the knowledge of my hunger was swallowed by his greed.
He said I was a loafer and for work had no desire,
And so, to do him justice, I set his shed on fire.
"The Murrumbidgee Shearer" by Anonymous Oceania

In news:

Dai Andrews said his fascination with sideshow arts started with magic, progressed to walking on a bed of nails and fire eating, and worked its way up to sword swallowing.
Dai Andrews said his fascination with side-show arts started with magic, progressed to walking on a bed of nails and fire eating, and worked its way up to sword swallowing.
One thing they don't teach you in college is sword swallowing, or fire eating or any of that dangerous stuff.
A structure fire Sunday evening destroyed a seasonal home on Ruidosos far southeast side not far from where the Swallow Fire destroyed nine homes in June 2011.
Jens Lekman - "The Opposite of Hallelujah" Arcade Fire - "Keep The Car Running" Ramones - "Swallow My Pride".
It's fall in the 'burbs—the comforting smell of fireplace fires wafting down the street, Saturday afternoons swallowed by soccer…and the sound of leaf- blowers whirring in my neighbors' yards 24/7.
The Pretty Things Peepshow is back at The Sound Factory, 812 Kanawha Blvd E. For a night of sword-swallowing, fire-breathing, down and dirty fun beginning at 9 pm Thursday.
Dai Andrews said his fascination with side-show arts started with magic, progressed to walking on a bed of nails and fire eating, and worked its way up to sword swallowing .
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