fire-eater


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fire-eat·er

(fīr′ē′tər)
n.
1. A performer who pretends to swallow fire.
2. A belligerent person or a militant partisan.

fire′-eat′ing adj.

fire-eater

n
1. (Theatre) a performer who simulates the swallowing of fire
2. a belligerent person
ˈfire-ˌeating n, adj

fire′-eat`er



n.
1. an entertainer who pretends to eat fire.
2. an easily provoked, belligerent person.
[1665–75]
fire′-eat`ing, adj., n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.fire-eater - a member of a fire department who tries to extinguish firesfire-eater - a member of a fire department who tries to extinguish fires
fire department - the department of local government responsible for preventing and extinguishing fires
defender, guardian, protector, shielder - a person who cares for persons or property
fire chief, fire marshal - the head of a fire department
fire warden, forest fire fighter, ranger - an official who is responsible for managing and protecting an area of forest
2.fire-eater - a belligerent grouch
crank, crosspatch, grouch, grump, churl - a bad-tempered person
3.fire-eater - a performer who pretends to swallow fire
performer, performing artist - an entertainer who performs a dramatic or musical work for an audience
Translations

fire-eater

[ˈfaɪərˌiːtəʳ] N (lit) → tragafuegos mf inv (fig) → pendenciero/a m/f

fire-eater

[ˈfaɪəʳiːtəʳ] n (performer) → mangiatore m di fuoco (fig) → attaccabrighe m/f
References in classic literature ?
At the very close of the campaign they bethought themselves of the fact that the strike had been broken by Negroes, and so they sent for a South Carolina fire-eater, the "pitchfork senator," as he was called, a man who took off his coat when he talked to workingmen, and damned and swore like a Hessian.
Imagine it: Those rigid, shock-headed figures, with corpsy complexions and fish glass eyes, occupying one side of the table in the constrained attitudes and dead fixedness that distinquish all men that are born of wax, and this wrinkled, smoldering old fire-eater occupying the other side, mumbling her prayers and munching her sausages in the ghostly stillness and shadowy indistinctness of a winter twilight.
Antinous came up to him at once and laughed as he took his hand in his own, saying, "Telemachus, my fine fire-eater, bear no more ill blood neither in word nor deed, but eat and drink with us as you used to do.
In short, it appears that this young man is a fire-eater," said Louis, in order to sharpen the sentiment which he mistook for envy.
This is no furniture for the scholar's library, but a book for the winter evening school-room when the tasks are over and the hour for bed draws near; and honest Alan, who was a grim old fire-eater in his day has in this new avatar no more desperate purpose than to steal some young gentleman's attention from his Ovid, carry him awhile into the Highlands and the last century, and pack him to bed with some engaging images to mingle with his dreams.
Your fireside fire-eater does not think of these things.
Kory-Kory was in ecstasies, and commenced a vehement harangue, which, so far as I understood it, implied that the result exactly agreed with his expectations, and which, moreover, was intended to convince me that it would be a perfectly useless undertaking, even for an army of fire-eaters, to offer battle to the irresistible heroes of our valley.
He calls all his fire-eaters about him, all those into whom he had more particularly put the devil, and talks to them in this way:
A fire-eater and stilt walker will thrill the crowd and musicians will entertain with popular music of the day.
THE parents of the six-year-old girl killed in the Turkish fire-eater tragedy paid a moving tribute to her yesterday.
A disheartened taxidermist was helped to find a new career, a redundant black-and-white minstrel encouraged to make his way into sales and even a graduate who had been a fire-eater in India came to us for career advice.
Naturally, he took to it like a fire-eater in a five-alarm blaze.