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Windich and I fired our revolvers at them several times, and chased them up the hill.

Then, hardly looking at his target, he snapped his rifle back to his shoulder and fired.

"Naturally," I said with nonchalance, though my quick temper was fired.

Thus the salutes were fired, and thus the royal birthday was fittingly celebrated.

I gits half eat by that crazy skate, an' fired without a cent fer it.

He fired his volley of explanation at his employer with the rapidity of a Maxim gun.

She hesitated, and then fired a parting shot which certainly was spiteful in the extreme.

If he had fired, every shot must have told, he was so close.

I don't believe one of them ever fired a weapon before this trip.

He might not have answered, or liked it, had I fired the question at him point-blank.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1200, furen, figurative, "arouse, excite;" literal sense of "set fire to" is from late 14c., from fire (n.). The Old English verb fyrian "to supply with fire" apparently did not survive into Middle English.

The sense of "sack, dismiss" is first recorded 1885 in American English (earlier "throw (someone) out" of some place, 1871), probably from a play on the two meanings of discharge: "to dismiss from a position," and "to fire a gun," fire in the second sense being from "set fire to gunpowder," attested from 1520s. Of bricks, pottery, etc., from 1660s. Related: Fired; firing. Fired up "angry" is from 1824. Firing squad is attested from 1904.

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