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1. verb To cause someone to feel more passionate or excited about someone or something. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "fire" and "up." I know our players are nervous about the big game, but it's our job as coaches to fire them up.
2. verb To turn on a machine. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "fire" and "up." Well, fire up the coffee pot and tell me all about your date last night!
3. verb To light something, typically something to be smoked (such as a cigarette or pipe). In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "fire" and "up." Come on, fire up those cigars, boys—we're celebrating!
4. verb, slang To smoke marijuana. He must fire up all day long because he's always stoned when I see him.
5. adjective Feeling very excited or passionate about something. The crowd is really fired up right now, so let's send out the starters for the game. Don't go and talk to the boss while you're all fired up like this—wait until you're calmer so you don't say something you'll regret.
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.
fire someone up
Fig. to motivate someone; to make someone enthusiastic. See if you can fire John up and get him to rake the leaves. I have to fire up the electorate if I want them to vote for me.
fire something up
1. Lit. to light something, such as a pipe, cigarette, etc. If you fire that pipe up, I will leave the room. Please don't fire up that cigar in here!
2. Fig. to start something such as an engine. Fire this thing up, and let's get going. Andy fired up the snowblower and started to clear a path.
to light a cigarette, cigar, or pipe. One by one, the guests went outside and fired up. I have to get out of here and fire up.
Fig. excited; enthusiastic. How can you be so fired up at this time of the morning? It's impossible to get Martin fired up at all.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
1. Inflame with enthusiasm, anger, or another strong emotion, as in Her speech fired up the crowd in favor of her proposals. This expression dates from the early 1800s, when it referred literally to starting a fire in a furnace or boiler; its figurative use dates from the late 1800s.
2. Light a pipe, cigar, or cigarette, as in Do you mind if I fire up? [Late 1800s] A more common term, however, is light up, def. 2.
3. Start the ignition of an engine, as in Whenever he tried to fire up the motor, it stalled. [Mid-1900s]
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
1. To set something going, especially a machine; start the operation of something: She fired up the furnace as soon as she entered the old house. The driver fired the engine up and we took off.
2. To make someone or something excited or enthusiastic: The review fired me up about the author's new book. The cheerleaders fired up the crowd.
3. To light a cigarette, cigar, or similar product: The comedian fired up a cigar and began his act. The patient fired the cigarette up despite the doctor's warnings.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
fire someone up
tv. to motivate someone; to make someone enthusiastic. (see also fired up.) See if you can fire John up and get him to paint the house.
fire something up
tv. to start something such as an engine; to light something. Fire this thing up, and let’s get going.
in. to light a marijuana cigarette. Frank fires up at every chance.
mod. excited; enthusiastic. How can you be so fired up at this time of the morning?
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
- bear off from (someone or something)
- bring (someone or something) before (someone or something)
- be out of (one's) league
- be out of somebody's league
- accompany (one) on a/(one's) journey
- accompany on a journey
- a stranger to (someone or something)
- be (not) a patch on
- be/have done with somebody/something
- (one) puts (one's) pants on one leg at a time