Definition of breathe fire in US English:

breathe fire

phrase

  • Be extremely angry.

    ‘the defeat has left him breathing fire’
    • ‘You can bet your last dollar if this happened in my school district I would be raising hell so fast and so loud I would be breathing fire.’
    • ‘Well, to go around with a father who breathes fire every time you go out to someone's house…’
    • ‘As a strong police posse stood around watching, district fan club members gathered, forming an angry group and breathing fire at the critical references to their hero.’
    • ‘He has worked with him as a player and a pundit and doesn't see much difference from the gum-chewing manager who used to breathe fire from the dugout.’
    • ‘The new health minister entered the ring with the group breathing fire, promising a knock-down, drag-out struggle to the death, vowing there would be no retreat.’
    • ‘Its new leader, its military wing, are breathing fire essentially.’
    • ‘Scott McLean scored the resulting penalty, but John Lambie was left to breathe fire at his side as Ian Ferguson snatched an unlikely equaliser on 65 minutes.’
    • ‘He joined the race late and went on rightwing talk radio, breathing fire with a slight southern drawl against abortion, divorce’
    • ‘I wasn't breathing fire in every scene, but I wanted to get across that he was a psychotic.’
    • ‘The other goon has been taken care of by this time by Alexias so Eavan and Lambeth bear down on the sheriff, Lambeth breathes fire at her and she backs off swearing.’