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Fire away

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Fire away fire at once, without hesitation
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Quotations

  • Thomas Fuller
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    “Contentment consist not in adding more fuel, but in taking away some fire.”
  • Denis Waitley
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    “Get excited and enthusiastic about you own dream. This excitement is like a forest fire -- you can smell it, taste it, and see it from a mile away.”

Idioms

Fire away - If you want to ask someone a question and they tell you to fire away, they mean that you are free to ask what you want.
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. a-weg—prep. a, on, weg, way, lit. 'on one's way.'

Usage

In literature:

Gradually the firing died away and the battle was over.
"Famous Sea Fights" by John Richard Hale
The fire was now permitted to die down, the crowd broke up and the chiefs walked away to their lodgings.
"The Border Watch" by Joseph A. Altsheler
But soon they fired their guns, and the Indians ran away frightened at the noise.
"Four American Indians" by Edson L. Whitney
Giving his fire ship a mighty shove he sent it directly between the scows and then he made a great dive down and away.
"The Keepers of the Trail" by Joseph A. Altsheler
They are hurrying here; a counter-fire would drive them away!
"In The Boyhood of Lincoln" by Hezekiah Butterworth
Hastening back to the camp, he reached there just as the last of the fossickers, moving away from the fire, gave rise to Gleeson's remark.
"Colonial Born" by G. Firth Scott
But, as I was anxious to get on and the firing-line was only twenty miles away, I decided to walk.
"World's War Events, Vol. I" by Various
The party then set fire to the vessel and got safely away with their prisoners.
"The Naval History of the United States" by Willis J. Abbot
The line of fire below ate at the bleached grass and the long column of smoke curled away on the wind.
"The Boy Scouts Book of Campfire Stories" by Various
As it is, I shouldn't wonder if we have a job to get Corporal Shaw and his fire-eaters away in time.
"Two Daring Young Patriots" by W. P. Shervill
There appears to be no marked fire-position which will afford any cover except the bank 150 yards away.
"Manual of Military Training" by James A. Moss
Some campers, enjoying the summer in the mountains, go away leaving their fire burning.
"Conservation Reader" by Harold W. Fairbanks
Balloons slip away from fire.
"Rootabaga Stories" by Carl Sandburg
Pain and excitement had driven all thought of sleep from both boys' minds and they sat close together by the fire and talked the night away.
"The Boy Chums in the Forest" by Wilmer M. Ely
Two of us fire at the same instant; and as the smoke clears away, the red robbers are seen sprawling upon the plain.
"The Wild Huntress" by Mayne Reid
If another person is on fire throw him on the ground and smother the fire with a rug away from the face.
"How Girls Can Help Their Country" by Juliette Low
Six minutes after the firing of the first shot her stern was shot away, and she went to the bottom, bow up.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume II (of VIII)" by Various
Fire started which swept away several buildings.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume IV (of 8)"
Cole hurried away from the fire.
"The Variable Man" by Philip K. Dick
They did not attempt to rebuild the shelter roof, but cleared away the snow and ashes, and sat in their sleeping-bags by the fire.
"Northern Diamonds" by Frank Lillie Pollock
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In poetry:

Are not the trees green,
The earth as green?
Does not the wind blow,
Fire leap and the rivers flow?
Away melancholy.
"Away, Melancholy" by Stevie Smith
Then kindled Macy's eye of fire
"No priest who walks the earth,
Shall pluck away the stranger-guest
Made welcome to my hearth."
"The Exiles. 1660" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Touch her -- and they are all on fire,
This little land of their desire
Seen in a mirage far away
With light upon her night and day.
"The Colonists" by Katharine Tynan
She howl'd aloud, "I am on fire within.
There comes no murmur of reply.
What is it that will take away my sin,
And save me lest I die?"
"The Palace of Art" by Alfred Lord Tennyson
Thine anger struck from me a fire
That purged all dull content away,
Our mortal strife to me has been
Unflagging spur from day to day.
"To My Enemy" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
You may sit by the fire and ponder
While darkness veils the pane,
And fear that your memories are rushing away
In the wind and the rain.
"Feuilles D'Automne" by Duncan Campbell Scott

In news:

The body of a teenager who was swept away along with two others in a rain-swollen creek on Saturday night was found Sunday morning, a Tulsa Fire Department spokesman said.
He fired his old man (OK, technically 72-year-old Monte Kiffin resigned), he's digging around for a new coordinator, but the defensive problems that plagued under-achieving USC all season aren't going away anytime soon.
After Saturday's fire, however, firefighters determined that the remains of the structure needed to be demolished right away.
Retired members of the Utica Police and Fire Departments who have passed away this year were honored during a special Memorial Day service held on Friday.
Two Marathon County fire departments will be giving away smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors on Saturday, October 27.
The town was also left with an ambulance, but all other emergency vehicles in New Market have moved five miles away to Spring Ridge, where paid staff relocated after unforeseen obstacles while the fire station is being remodeled.
USA TODAY Sports looks at money owed to fired head, assistant coaches and to schools losing coachesIncrease in number of programs hiring away active FBS head coaches is pushing tab up this year.
This story involving the firing of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High cheerleading coach Melissa Prochilo won't go away, so I thought I'd share with you an investigative report at the heart of it.
Sliker says once the turkey is in the fryer, stay 10 feet away and always keep a fire extinguisher close.
Thousands of Georgians have demanded the prosecution of top Georgian officials fired over the prison abuse scandal that threatens to unseat the ruling pro-Western party in a parliamentary election 10 days away.
The Pratt Optimist Club will give away bicycles beginning at 10 am Saturday, Dec 15 at the Pratt fire station.
A member of the Marshall County Hawkeyes fires away during the Scholastic Trap Shoot at Horton range.
As we're one day away from finishing up the next issue of RM, I am dreaming of sitting quietly by a fire with a good book and a stack of cookies for company.
Let's put it this way, if you came across a smoldering fire in your house, you wouldn't just walk away would you.
A leaked autopsy reportedly shows that the bullet that killed Florida teen Trayvon Martin was fired from " intermediate range," which one forensics expert said means anywhere from one to 18 inches away.
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