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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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None of these incidents, however, despite their clear underlying message, have drawn anything but the most banal of comments from Modi, who characteristically breathes fire on all other issues.
And yet, the idea is one that's positively thrilling, and Finnegan's 10-in-1 Circus Sideshow promises everything that makes that idea of sideshows exciting: a human pincushion, burlesque, a "Dragon Man" (whom one imagines breathes fire), a "Man-Eating Chicken" and - perhaps most importantly - a night of "magic and pizzazz," the idea that the world is stranger and cooler than we often notice.
"A jester breathes fire at Warwick Castle last Bank Holiday weekend."
Attractions at Newcastle's New Year celebrations include a fire engine that breathes fire, a pedal-powered airship and a musical ice cream van, as 20 illuminated art cars, called Glowmobiles, take to the streets as part of the New-castleGateshead Winter Festival.
HOW TO ENTER: Correctly answer this question, Name the mythical creature who breathes fire just like the character Spyro?
Frontman Johnny Borrell has a vocal and physical presence that leaves you cold or breathes fire from the stage.