where's the fire

where's the fire

What's the big hurry, as in We've got to finish up.-Why, where's the fire? This phrase, generally addressed to someone in an unseemly rush (such as a speeding motorist pulled over by a police officer), alludes to firemen hurrying to put out a fire. [Slang; 1920s]
See also: fire
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The lieutenant will now be nominated for the National Firemark Award; if he wins, he will receive a trip to Florida and Epcot at Walt Disney World, where Liberty Mutual has a Where's the Fire exhibit.