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Fire-eater   /fˈaɪər-ˈitər/   Listen

A member of a fire department who tries to extinguish fires.  Synonyms: fire fighter, firefighter, fireman.
A belligerent grouch.  Synonym: hothead.
A performer who pretends to swallow fire.  Synonym: fire-swallower.

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"Fire-eater" Quotes from Famous Books

... the Mingo warriors? Was it not to keep these hunting-grounds and lakes to your fathers children? and were they not given in solemn council to the Fire-eater? and does not the blood of a warrior run in the veins of a young chief, who should speak aloud where his voice is now too ...
— The Pioneers • James Fenimore Cooper

... in time we'd get used to such terrible things," Rob pursued in a reflective way, "for even the fellow who nearly swoons away in his first fight, they say, becomes a regular fire-eater after a while; but, so far as I'm concerned, I'll be a happy boy when I see good old peaceful Long Island again, with its sandy beaches, and the familiar ...
— The Boy Scouts on Belgian Battlefields • Lieut. Howard Payson

... average people, who would in fact rather play with something else. There are others to whom fire is the only really amusing plaything; and though the by-stander may hold his breath, nine times out of ten they will come out of the game as unscathed as the professional fire-eater. This was not precisely true of Mildred, who had still a wide taste in playthings; but in the absence of anything new and exciting in her environment, she found an immense fascination in playing with the fiery elements in Maxwell Davison's nature, in amusing her imagination with visions ...
— The Invader - A Novel • Margaret L. Woods

... Mr. Grady of Georgia—did not say what he meant. It is not probable that he meant to exclude from full citizenship the Celts and Teutons and Gauls and Slavs who make up so large a proportion of our population; he hardly meant to exclude the Jews, for even the most ardent fire-eater would hardly venture to advocate the disfranchisement of the thrifty race whose mortgages cover so large a portion of Southern soil. What the eloquent gentleman really meant by this high-sounding phrase was simply the white race; and ...
— The Wife of his Youth and Other Stories of the Color Line, and - Selected Essays • Charles Waddell Chesnutt

... they may be called) of the poor conscience-haunted nun. Whether these in Kate's original MS. were entitled "Autobiographic Sketches," or "Selections Grave and Gay," from the military experiences of a Nun, or possibly "The Confessions of a Biscayan Fire-Eater," is more than I know. No matter: confessions they were; and confessions that, when at length published, were absolutely mobbed and hustled by a gang of misbelieving (that is, miscreant) critics. And this fact is most ...
— Memorials and Other Papers • Thomas de Quincey

... smiled, His Excellency being less genuine than the colonel. "To be an ambitious fire-eater is not a bad quality in these times," said the governor. "As to intrigue, so long as it is for Virginia I will not condemn it too strongly. What other charges are there in ...
— A Virginia Scout • Hugh Pendexter

Words linked to "Fire-eater" :   forest fire fighter, fire warden, hothead, ranger, grouch, fire marshal, firefighter, guardian, crank, fire-swallower, performing artist, grump, protector, defender, fireman, performer, fire fighter, crosspatch, shielder, fire department, churl, fire chief

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