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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

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

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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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.
Fire in My Belly provides an original collection of recipes and insights and comes from the executive chef of Atlanta's Woodfire Grill, who packs in over 350 color photos to illustrate discussions of food qualities and his techniques.
I have that fire in my belly," Politico quoted Palin, as saying.
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.
BILLY DAVIES last night warned the Premiership big guns: "I have the same fire in my belly as Fergie", writes TOM HOPKINSON.