One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1The action or process of extinguishing fires, as a person's job.
- ‘Rooms on the second floor of the museum show different aspects of firefighting or fire prevention.’
- ‘They provide or control such essential services as water, electricity, policing, and firefighting.’
- ‘Long hours are dangerous in any industry, and especially so in firefighting.’
- ‘Firefighting is a brotherhood that exists nowhere else in our society.’
- ‘Firefighting in the present round of fires is costing about $15 million a day.’
- ‘Firefighting was therefore at the top of the pecking order of Forest Service job prestige.’
- ‘The focus of the unit's recent annual training was structural firefighting.’
- ‘The fabric is ideal for uniforms and apparel for occupations such as firefighting.’
- ‘In the early 1980s I was injured and I wasn't fit enough to go back to firefighting.’
- ‘Primarily designed for firefighting, Beriev also produces a passenger version.’
- ‘And, once he gets elected, he promises to make a new study of Montreal firefighting and a fire prevention campaign.’
- ‘And the strong winds are making firefighting difficult.’
- ‘We were carrying out aggressive firefighting last night but are now monitoring the position there.’
- ‘And with its inherent risks, firefighting is certainly not a job for the faint-hearted.’
- ‘Accidents are an unavoidable by-product of firefighting.’
- ‘This is certainly true of firefighting on naval vessels.’
- ‘A session in firefighting was also held with many of the seminar attendees performing well.’
- ‘He said, "In 28 years of firefighting I've never seen anything like it."’
- ‘The full resources were now readily available and offensive firefighting began.’
- ‘The fundamental of good use of aircraft for firefighting is to dispatch early and keep the fire from spreading.’
2(in business) the practice of dealing with problems as they arise rather than planning strategically to avoid them.
- ‘But business owners who use agencies on an ongoing basis are often left constantly firefighting.’
- ‘Mr Catterall said the staff were firefighting the whole time; unsurprisingly the Ward was not a popular one.’
- ‘My day to day job involves dealing with customers and general firefighting and troubleshooting!’
- ‘Sometimes I feel the business has developed purely through firefighting the problem at hand.’
- ‘You should see them in Edinburgh, we spend most of the time firefighting their stress levels.’
- ‘At the moment we are just constantly firefighting.’
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