1 fire /ˈfajɚ/ noun
plural fires
1 fire
plural fires
Learner's definition of FIRE
[noncount] : the light and heat and especially the flame produced by burning
: an occurrence in which something burns : the destruction of something (such as a building or a forest) by fire
[count] : a controlled occurrence of fire created by burning something (such as wood or gas) in a special area (such as in a fireplace or stove)
see also campfire
[noncount] : the shooting of weapons
[noncount] : very heavy or harsh criticism
[noncount] : strong emotion, anger, enthusiasm, etc.
[count] British : a small device that uses gas or electricity to heat a room

baptism of/by fire

see baptism

fan a fire, fan the fire

see 2fan

fight fire with fire

see 1fight

from/out of the frying pan (and) into the fire

see frying pan

hang fire

see 1hang

irons in the fire

see 1iron

light a fire under

see 3light

like a house on fire

see 1house

on fire

: feeling very strong enthusiasm, love, etc.
: very successful
see also set the world on fire at 1world

play with fire

see 1play

under fire

: being shot at by the enemy
: exposed to criticism : being criticized

where there's smoke, there's fire

or there's no smoke without fire
see 1smoke
2 fire /ˈfajɚ/ verb
fires; fired; firing
2 fire
fires; fired; firing
Learner's definition of FIRE
: to shoot a weapon
[+ object]
[no object]
often used figuratively
[+ object] : to throw (something) with speed and force
[+ object] : to give life or energy to (something or someone)
[+ object] : to dismiss (someone) from a job usually used as (be/get) fired
[no object] : to begin working sometimes used figuratively
[+ object] technical : to heat (a clay pot, dish, etc.) in an oven in order to make it very hard

fire away

used in speech to tell someone to begin asking you questions

fire back

[phrasal verb]
: to answer someone quickly and usually angrily often + at

fire off

[phrasal verb]
fire (something) off or fire off (something)
: to write and send (something, such as a letter or memo) in a quick and often angry way

fire up

[phrasal verb]
fire (something) up or fire up (something)
: to start (something) by lighting a fire
: to cause (something) to start working
fire (someone) up or fire up (someone) : to fill (someone) with energy or enthusiasm usually used as (be/get) fired up

— firing

noun, plural firings [count, noncount]
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