ball of fire

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n ball of fire someone whose career progresses rapidly
    • n ball of fire a highly energetic and indefatigable person
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Usage

In literature:

Here it is, a great, gorgeous ball of cold fire, shining across China at you and me.
"Peter the Brazen" by George F. Worts
A tiny ball of orange fire flamed suddenly in the depths of the rushes directly before them.
"The Copper-Clad World" by Harl Vincent
They lay glowing there like balls of fire.
"Spawn of the Comet" by Harold Thompson Rich
This time there was no sound within, no ball of fire without, no visible ray.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science July 1930" by Various
By groups and organisations the fire-balls of Mars landed, and rested quiescent on the surface of the globe.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science September 1930" by Various
Out of whirling nebulae suns and planets are born; souls slowly evolve on worlds which were once balls of fire.
"Mountain Meditations" by L. Lind-af-Hageby
Those two balls of fire are its eyes.
"Boys and Girls Bookshelf (Vol 2 of 17)" by Various
He took a long aim, and then fired, exulting greatly when the ball struck the stone screenwork at top of the tower.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine -- Volume 57, No. 351, January 1845" by Various
It looks as if it were a blazing ball of fire in the heavens.
"The Story of a Tinder-box" by Charles Meymott Tidy
When Barbara entered the saloon my mother gave her a ball of silk to untwist; she was red as fire, and her eyes were fixed on the ground.
"The Continental Monthly, Vol. 4, No. 2, August, 1863" by Various
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In poetry:

Thy diet, care, and cost
Do end in bubbles, balls of winde;
Of winde to thee whom I have crost,
But balls of wilde-fire to my troubled minde.
"Even-Song" by George Herbert
"From the batteried hornwork the cannoneers
Hove crashing balls of iron fire;
On the shaking gap mount the volunteers
In files, and as they mount expire
Amid curses, groans, and cheers.
"San Sebastian" by Thomas Hardy
And that fierce Day-star's blazing ball their sight
Sears with excess of light;
Or through dun sand-clouds the blue scimitar's edge
Slopes down like fire from heaven,
Mowing them as the thatcher mows the sedge.
"A Crusader's Tomb" by Francis Turner Palgrave
The fire of God is soon to fall
(Thou know'st it) on this earthly ball;
Full many a soul, the price of blood,
Marked by th' Almighty's hand for good,
To utter death that hour shall sweep -
And will the saints in Heaven dare weep?
"Eleventh Sunday After Trinity" by John Keble
Strange is the tale that the fishermen tell,–
They say that a ball of fire fell
Straight from the sky, with crash and roar,
Lighting the bay from shore to shore;
That the ship, with a shudder and a groan,
Sank through the waves to the caverns lone
"The Phantom Light Of The Baie Des Chaleurs" by Arthur Wentworth Hamilton Eaton

In news:

Lakewood Officer Tina Griswold was a ' ball of fire ' in a tiny package.
Earl Burroughs , dancer and songwriter who earned fame with "Great Balls of Fire" and "Yakety Yak," celebrated his 87th birthday last week with family and friends.
Fire defender Gonzalo Segares (right) and Houston Dynamo midfielder Boniek Garcia battle for the ball in the second half of the knockout round of the MLS playoffs at Toyota Park in Bridgeview on October 31.
Nearby homes were evacuated early Tuesday morning when "a big ball of fire" ignited near a house at 459 S Oakley St, the Clark County Sheriff's Office said.
In 2008, federal investigators looking into a complaint about sex discrimination in the athletic department at Ball State discovered that a large number of coaches of women's teams had recently resigned or been fired.
'A ball of fire': Grammy-winning fiddler Natalie MacMaster will bring 'Christmas in Cape Breton' concert to Merrill.
Washington State residents see huge "ball of fire".
McALESTER — Your weekly update of bowling league action at Great Balls of Fire in McAlester.
Dümmen introduces the new 'Great Balls of Fire' geranium.
A television crew working on a fishing show captured a ball of fire after an oil rig explosion about 20 miles off the coast of Grand Isle, La.
Watch a dedicated Japanese research team fire a ball from a speeding pickup truck — all in the name of science.
(The Wanderer in "Siegfried" resembles Gandalf, and in "Walküre" a ball of fire arises like the Palantir.).
One moment families were lining the streets in Muskogee for the Garden of Lights in Honor Heights Park and the next minute the twinkle turned into a ball of fire.
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There is no major college basketball power in the Texas Panhandle, where a longtime assistant coach has been fired following allegations of continued sexual assault on three former ball boys.
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