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To hang fire

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • To hang fire (Mil) to be slow in communicating fire through the vent to the charge; as, the gun hangs fire; hence, to hesitate, to hold back as if in suspense.
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Usage

In literature:

He told her to put it in the kettle and hang the kettle over the fire.
"Myths and Legends of the Great Plains" by Unknown
Sanction had been hanging fire for some time and the lucky ones were beginning to despair.
"With a Highland Regiment in Mesopotamia" by Anonymous
She hangs the skin on a peg and goes to sleep before the fire.
"The Science of Fairy Tales" by Edwin Sidney Hartland
From a distance he saw her busy by a great fire, with the blankets, and all the goods hanging around to dry.
"The Huntress" by Hulbert Footner
In the kitchen, Mary had a bright fire going, her neat towels hanging to dry.
"McClure's Magazine, Vol 31, No 2, June 1908" by Various
The seed is allowed to hang a few days to thoroughly ripen before firing up.
"The Cauliflower" by A. A. Crozier
We could not afford to give our enemy the benefit of one gun hanging fire.
"A Yacht Voyage to Norway, Denmark, and Sweden" by W. A. Ross
As this happened he raised the hand with the gun in it again as if to fire, the burning handkerchief hanging to the weapon.
"Shadow and Light" by Mifflin Wistar Gibbs
By rights you ought to hang by the heels, over a slow fire!
"The Ranch at the Wolverine" by B. M. Bower
It is not to be smoked; only hang it up in the kitchen, and not too near the fire.
"The Lady's Own Cookery Book, and New Dinner-Table Directory;" by Charlotte Campbell Bury
If it hangs fire, it will be sure to miss the mark.
"A Rebel War Clerk's Diary at the Confederate States Capital" by John Beauchamp Jones
If you want to draw my fire, you'll have to hang more than an empty hat on a stick.
"Blue Goose" by Frank Lewis Nason
Her fire-alarm father found her right there to give him all the rope he needed to hang himself.
"Cupid's Middleman" by Edward B. Lent
These weapons, which were hanging always loaded, were quickly handed up to us, and we opened a quick fire on our onrushing enemy.
"The Adventures of the U-202" by E. Spiegel
They were going to see the bull roasted alive, running mad with terror at the fire-streams that would be hanging from his neck.
"The Blood of the Arena" by Vicente Blasco Ibáñez
You ain't being fair if you try to hang that fire onto Clem.
"The Clock Strikes Thirteen" by Mildred A. Wirt
Curse this hanging fire when there's prize to be taken, I say.
"The Admirable Lady Biddy Fane" by Frank Barrett
Her pet scheme seemed to hang fire.
"Mrs. Maxon Protests" by Anthony Hope
And if Josh hangs fire about returning to camp, why, some of us have got to get a hustle on, and look him up.
"Motor Boat Boys Among the Florida Keys" by Louis Arundel
The good-wife was making a great fire with vine branches, and hanging a huge iron pot to heat water.
"God Wills It!" by William Stearns Davis
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In poetry:

To morrow well gather the rushes,
And plait them beside our fire,
And make Saint Brighid's crosses
To hang in the room and the byre.
"The Ballad Of Downal Baun" by Padraic Colum
Without a cause, past pardon, fired and tore
The towers of fame and beauty, while they shot
And butchered the defenceless in the door.
But History shall hang them high, to rot
"Louvain To Dom Bruno Destrée, O.S.B." by Robert Laurence Binyon
Gerd sits spindle-shaped in her dark tent,
Lean face gone tawn with seasons,
Skin worn down to the knucklebones
At her tough trade; without time's taint
The burnished ball hangs fire in her hands, a lens
Fusing time's three horizons.
"Crystal Gazer" by Sylvia Plath

In news:

The modern decor, plush furniture, lounge chairs, daybeds, bar seating, four all-season Jacuzzis and three fire pits make this a very cool place to hang out any time of the year.
American Medical Response on Thursday morning responded with the Vancouver Fire Department to a reported hanging at the Clark County Jail.
Shields to hang fire helmet June 5.
NORWICH – Crews from the Norwich City Police and Fire Departments responded to a low speed collision that was caused by the low hanging sun over West Hill Monday evening.
MANKATO (TEC News) – A former MSU student found dead inside a Highland Hills apartment by Mankato firemen on August 1st had tried to hang himself inside a closet after setting the fire.
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