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fire up


  • WordNet 3.6
    • v fire up begin to smoke "After the meal, some of the diners lit up"
    • v fire up arouse or excite feelings and passions "The ostentatious way of living of the rich ignites the hatred of the poor","The refugees' fate stirred up compassion around the world","Wake old feelings of hatred"
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1982, a cactus in Phoenix, Arizona killed a man. David Grundman fired two shotgun blasts at a giant saguaro cactus that ended up falling on top of him
    • Fire up to start a fire: to fly into a passion
    • ***


  • Vince Lombardi
    “If you aren't fired up with enthusiasm, you'll be fired with enthusiasm.”
  • Abigail Van Buren
    Abigail Van Buren
    “People who fight fire with fire usually end up with ashes.”
  • William Hazlitt
    “Look up, laugh loud, talk big, keep the color in your cheek and the fire in your eye, adorn your person, maintain your health, your beauty and your animal spirits.”
  • Seneca
    “What should a wise person do when given a blow? Same as Cato when he was attacked; not fire up or revenge the insult., or even return the blow, but simply ignore it.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. fýr; Ger. feuer; Gr. pyr.


In literature:

Pulling up his horse, or rather trying to do so, for the animal was restive in the presence of such danger, he fired.
"The Giraffe Hunters" by Mayne Reid
The fire lit up the room and made the pewter dishes on the dresser shine.
"Ben Comee" by M. J. (Michael Joseph) Canavan
By this time the cattle were all tied up again, but as the people could not find their nuts they sat round the fire and began to tell stories.
"The Lilac Fairy Book" by Andrew Lang
At last the dinner was all done, the cloth was cleared, the hearth swept, and the fire made up.
"A Budget of Christmas Tales by Charles Dickens and Others" by Various
These were firing steps, and the men stepped up on these to aim their rifles at the enemy.
"Ned, Bob and Jerry on the Firing Line" by Clarence Young
The Rebel riflemen keep up a rattling fire from the thickets.
"My Days and Nights on the Battle-Field" by Charles Carleton Coffin
I'll make fire an' git supper if you want to take Westlake up to the tunnel.
"Rimrock Trail" by J. Allan Dunn
Another thing which I decided on was that I must keep up two or three more fires, and get up early every morning to start them.
"Track's End" by Hayden Carruth
The dog looked up at him, he sunk his head to the fire.
"The Rainbow" by D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
With his family all fired up and the Regulators on the way, a very good idea.
"Shaman" by Robert Shea
Take it off the fire, beat up the yolks of three eggs with a spoonful of oil, and stir up all together till it is quite cold.
"The Cook and Housekeeper's Complete and Universal Dictionary; Including a System of Modern Cookery, in all Its Various Branches," by Mary Eaton
Daylight was going; all was very quiet but for the distant sound of falling water, and the smoke of the sulky fire went straight up.
"Partners of the Out-Trail" by Harold Bindloss
The Austrian bombs started numerous fires, tore up a few streets, and caused some casualties.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume IV (of 8)"
Tried to run, but couldn't keep it up under our fire.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume VI (of VIII)" by Various
The brigands had seen our little cloud of darkness and were firing up through it.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, May, 1930" by Various
He crawled into the plane again, tearing out the fire wall impatiently, getting up under the motor.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, June, 1930" by Various
The fire had been carefully made up and his slippers and dressing-gown put to warm.
"The Phantom Lover" by Ruby M. Ayres
I s'pose I'd better get some sticks first and make the fire up.
"The Making of Mona" by Mabel Quiller-Couch
Aren't you all fired up with curiosity?
"The Caves of Fear" by John Blaine
They used up five matches in lighting the fire, but finally the birch bark flared up, curling, and the spruce twigs began to crackle.
"Northern Diamonds" by Frank Lillie Pollock

In poetry:

The slow Levant came up too late;
No need had we to stir.
Her decks we swept with fire, and kept
The flies from troubling her.
"The Constitution's Last Fight" by James Jeffrey Roche
"She makes me fire a gun," said BAGG;
"And, at a preconcerted word,
Climb up a ladder with a flag,
Like any street performing bird.
"Baines Carew, Gentleman" by William Schwenck Gilbert
"And all my soul, like flax at fire,
Leaps up to grasp but one desire—
That I may touch the lower strings,
And fit them unto noble things."
"A Voice From Dreamland" by Alexander Anderson
But now she went slow, for the hill did go
Up steeper as she went higher;
When she reached its crown, the sun was down,
Leaving a trail of fire.
"Little Bo-Peep" by George MacDonald
When the dull blood takes languid pace,
And all the weary brain will tire;
When thoughts but kindle up a space,
Then flicker like a sinking fire.
"The Portrait" by Alexander Anderson
Then, following olden footsteps, stroll
To where, from May—day's mocking pyre,
Savonarola's tortured soul
Went up to Heaven in tongues of fire;
"Florence" by Alfred Austin

In news:

Musicians to fire up stormy Katrina message.
Spyro to fire up theaters.
Idaho activists try to fire-up public over trafficking of tar-sands equipment.
Educators fired up to stand up for their students and profession.
Thomas' togetherness talk fired up VT teammates.
Gilroy Garlic Festival fires up.
Officials and ice racers fired up over ice track.
Fired up over 'Start-Ups' MV pair in Silicon Valley reality show.
Citizen Fired Up Over Perceived Miscommunication.
Neighbors fired up over proposed animal shelter.
Some neighbors are getting fired up over one city's plan to move their old animal shelter and build a new one near a residential community.
Donald Trump gets fired up over election results, goes on Twitter tirade and later deletes.
Austintown fired up over new vehicle.
Still waking up I stumble about firing up all the systems, preparing for another exciting and rewarding day in broadcasting.
While a student group from the University of Illinois gets ready to get young people fired up about voting during this election period two professors think they have found a new method that explains why people vote the way they do.

In science:

Energy consumption and CO2 emission Since the early2000 a large number of data centers have been implemented in d ifferen t countries to fill up human needs through computational work, firing up the twins (i.e. power consumption and CO2 emission) again in picture.
The green grid saga - a green initiative to data centers: a review
For example, an alert might be set to fire if a cell reaches the value of ‘50’, up from a previous value of ‘40’.
Enterprise Spreadsheet Management: A Necessary Good