2 verb
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[intransitive and transitive] to shoot bullets or bombs
fire at/on/into
Soldiers fired on the crowd.
fire something at somebody
The police fired two shots at the suspects before they surrendered.
fire a gun/weapon/rifle etc (=make it shoot)
the sound of a gun being fired
fire bullets/missiles/rockets etc
Guerrillas fired five rockets at the capital yesterday, killing 23 people.


[transitive] to force someone to leave their job [= sack British English]
be/get fired
She didn't want to get fired.
fire somebody from something
I've just been fired from my job, and I don't know what to do.
fire somebody for something
The airline fired him for being drunk.


[transitive] to make someone feel interested in something and excited about it [= inspire]
be fired with enthusiasm
I was fired with enthusiasm to go traveling in Asia.
fire somebody's enthusiasm/imagination
stories of magic and adventure that fire children's imaginations


fire questions at somebody

to ask someone a lot of questions quickly, often in order to criticize them


using wood, gas, or coal as fuel:
a gas-fired stove
a coal-fired boiler


[transitive]TIP to bake bricks, clay pots etc in a kiln:
fired earthenware


[intransitive]TTC if a vehicle's engine fires, the petrol is lit to make the engine work

be firing on all cylinders

informal to be thinking or doing something well, using all your mental abilities and energy:
When the team's firing on all cylinders, they can beat the best in the league.

fire away

phrasal verb
[only in imperative] spoken used to tell someone that you are ready to answer questions:
'Do you mind if I ask you something, Woody?' 'Fire away.'

fire back

phrasal verb
to quickly and angrily answer a question or remark
fire back at
President Bush has fired back at his critics.

fire something ↔ off

phrasal verb
1 to shoot a bullet, bomb etc into the air:
Chuck reloaded and fired off both barrels.
Mexicans have a tradition of firing off guns to welcome in the new year.
2 to quickly send an angry letter to someone:
I fired off a furious letter to the editor.

fire somebody ↔ up

phrasal verb
to make someone become very excited, interested, or angry:
It was alarming the way she got so fired up about small things.

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