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.
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fire-eater

n
1. (Theatre) a performer who simulates the swallowing of fire
2. a belligerent person
ˈfire-ˌeating n, adj
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014

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.
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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
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Translations

fire-eater

[ˈfaɪərˌiːtəʳ] N (lit) → tragafuegos mf inv (fig) → pendenciero/a m/f
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005

fire-eater

[ˈfaɪəʳiːtəʳ] n (performer) → mangiatore m di fuoco (fig) → attaccabrighe m/f
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995
References in classic literature ?
"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.
"A fire-eater! Yes, sire," repeated D'Artagnan, delighted on his part to direct the king's attention to Raoul.
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.
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.
Your fireside fire-eater does not think of these things.
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 low to be heard?”
The Socialists were literally sweeping everything before them that election, and Scully and the Cook County machine were at their wits' end for an "issue." 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.
what a fire-eater you are, Johnson!' returned Mr Folair, pulling up the heel of his dancing shoe.
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 has also lost three friends to the showbiz disease dubbed fire-eater's lung.
From a fire-eater, food, folk tales, magical wand-making and a Georgian gin bar, visitors can enjoy a night out in history on Saturday, May 20.