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fire

(something) at someone or something and fire (something) away at someone or something to shoot at someone or something with a weapon. Someone fired a gun at my car! The cowboy fired at the rattlesnake. The hunters fired away at the ducks. On television, somebody is always firing away at somebody else.
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I am going presently to set fire to their camp and force them to march.
It must be the light from the camp fire the two men had built before they were attacked--Tarzan knew nothing of the presence of the sailors.
As my driver prophesied when I was plowing, they warmed me twice -- once while I was splitting them, and again when they were on the fire, so that no fuel could give out more heat.
They raised their eyes, and saw a lurid glare hanging in the dark sky; the dull reflection of some distant fire.
Then, Drummle glanced at me, with an insolent triumph on his great-jowled face that cut me to the heart, dull as he was, and so exasperated me, that I felt inclined to take him in my arms (as the robber in the story-book is said to have taken the old lady), and seat him on the fire.
They tell me, Mopo, that the fire from above ran briskly through they huts.
Two had bit the dust, one had fled, four had made good their footing inside our defences, while from the shelter of the woods seven or eight men, each evidently supplied with several muskets, kept up a hot though useless fire on the log-house.
Therefore they made a fire, cooked some food, and spread out their skins to sleep.
Their fire had ceased entirely and all their energies seemed focused upon escape.
For a little way the glare of my fire lit the path.
Or did they interpret our spurts of fire, the sudden stinging of our shells, our steady investment of their encampment, as we should the furious unanimity of onslaught in a disturbed hive of bees?
The first is to burn soldiers in their camp; the second is to burn stores; the third is to burn baggage trains; the fourth is to burn arsenals and magazines; the fifth is to hurl dropping fire amongst the enemy.
THE youth went slowly toward the fire in- dicated by his departed friend.
Through the red mist that floated all around her, she could see high walls of changing light, where orange, blue, and violet flames went flickering to and fro, making graceful figures as they danced and glowed; and underneath these rainbow arches, little Spirits glided, far and near, wearing crowns of fire, beneath which flashed their wild, bright eyes; and as they spoke, sparks dropped quickly from their lips, and Ripple saw with wonder, through their garments of transparent light, that in each Fairy's breast there burned a steady flame, that never wavered or went out.
In the twilight of the evening the fire grew brighter and more cheerful.