5 FIRE Idioms – English Vocabulary Lesson

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Fire is pretty hot and dangerous, don’t you think? Well, in English we have a number of idioms that come from this idea about fire and use the word fire in them. For today’s English lesson, let’s take a look at five idioms that have word fire. I hope this lesson isn’t too hot to handle!

When you add fuel to the fire, you make a bad situation worse by saying or doing something.

  • When the angry boss complained that Jack missed his sales target again, Jack added fuel to the fire when he told the boss that he has too much to do.
  • Tom’s wife was angry with him for forgetting her birthday, and he added fuel to the fire when he came home drunk that night.

When you are fired up, you are excited about something for some event.

  • Everyone was fired up for the Taylor Swift concert tonight.
  • I’m really fired up for my vacation in July.

When you breathe fire you are very angry. This idiom comes from the image of a fire-breathing dragon, which is not a very happy animal!

  • The boss was breathing fire when Jack came to the meeting late.
  • Jenny was breathing fire when she saw her boyfriend in a café with another girl.

When you have many irons in the fire, or too many irons in the fire, it means that you are handling a lot of different projects for responsibilities at the same time.

  • Frank can’t go to the workshop in Chicago because he has too many irons in the fire right now.
  • I had to refuse his offer to work together because I have too many irons in the fire at the moment.

When you play with fire, you are doing something risky or dangerous.

  • That a group of kids is into drinking and taking drugs, so you’ll be playing with fire if you start hanging out with them.
  • Jack was playing with fire when he started dating his secretary.

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