fire-eater

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fire-eater (plural fire-eaters)

  1. A performer who pretends to swallow fire.
  2. (figuratively) A quarrelsome or belligerent person.
  3. (US, historical) An extreme partisan for the South before the US Civil War.
    • 1988, James McPherson, Battle Cry for Freedom, Oxford 2003, p. 103:
      Frustrated in their attempts to change the law, fire-eaters turned their efforts to breaking it.

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