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fire in (one's)/the belly

Passion and determination. I'm confident that Bill will get them to listen to our pitch—he has such a fire in the belly for this sort of work.
See also: belly, fire
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fire in your belly

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fire in the belly

If you have fire in your belly or fire in the belly, you are ready to do something in a very energetic and passionate way. Ian has played with fire in his belly throughout his career. He accused the candidate of lacking fire in the belly. Note: You can also say that someone has a fire in their belly or a fire in the belly. He also has a fire in his belly. `I'm passionate about what I do,' he says.
See also: belly, fire
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fire in the (or your) belly

a powerful sense of ambition or determination.
1991 Vanity Fair Bennett is quick to deny feeling the fire in the belly generally considered a prerequisite for tenancy at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
See also: belly, fire
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Cahill, who was virtually ignored by Maurizio Sarri at Chelsea last season, added: "All I need to do is flip my memory to last year to give me that fire in my belly to perform."
"This year there is fire in my belly, because last year I didn't quite get to the Europeans how I wanted to," said Ujah, who only travelled to the U European Championships in Zurich in August as a member of the relay team and then did not get to run.
Now there is more fire in my belly, more determination to get the job done properly.
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I have that fire in my belly," Politico quoted Palin, as saying.
Asked about the museum's decision, Donohue said: "It has decided to assault Christian sensibilities by hosting the vile video." The museum said "A Fire in My Belly" would go on display Thursday as part of a collection of art made during the AIDS crisis of the late 1980's and early 1990's.
BILLY DAVIES last night warned the Premiership to brace itself for the arrival of another feisty Scot and told the big guns: "I have the same fire in my belly as Fergie."
Fire in the Belly: The Life and Times of David Wojnarowicz offers a fine story of New York's East Village art scene from the 1970s through the 1990s, and comes from a filmmaker whose controversial short silent film "A Fire in My Belly" sparked controversy in both the art and film world with its startling images.
BILLY DAVIES last night warned the Premiership big guns: "I have the same fire in my belly as Fergie", writes TOM HOPKINSON.