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slang A complete and utter disaster or a completely chaotic situation, so-called because a fire involving tires can quickly become uncontrollable and is very difficult to extinguish. The phrase can be applied to both situations and people. As you might imagine, a 17-1 loss was a total tire fire. That intern spilled coffee on himself yesterday and accidentally laminated his tie today. He's a total tire fire.
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