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breathe fire

To strongly express one's anger, typically verbally. Unless you want to get yelled at, stay away from the boss today—he's breathing fire over that printing mishap.
See also: breathe, fire

breathe fire

be fiercely angry.
The implied comparison in this expression is with a fire-breathing dragon.
See also: breathe, fire
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The Dragon breathed fire to beat New Zealand and Samoa before taming the Pumas on the same day.
THREE St Helens-based Dragonboat racers breathed fire into the recent under-18 European Championships, returning with five medals each
PENDRAGON today breathed fire into the City by revealing it had bid for both Lookers and Reg Vardy to create a giant among UK car dealers.
THE TONGANS breathed fire as they interrupted the famous All Black Haka with their own dramatic outpouring of foot stomping aggression.
The dragons breathed fire again as they triumphed north of the border for the first time since 1985.