One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1An entertainer who appears to eat fire.
- ‘The parade will feature a samba band, fire-eaters, Gypsy Kate's magic show, and a fancy dress competition for adults and children.’
- ‘While my senses succumbed to the Indian fire-eaters, I raced to watch the rickshaws and road shows.’
- ‘There's a real hustle-bustle to the city and scattered around its heart, you'll find fire-eaters, jugglers and gypsies (the ones who want you to cross their palms with silver).’
- ‘The evening begins with champagne and includes a four-course banquet, unlimited drinks and entertainment from minstrels, jesters and fire-eaters.’
- ‘The parade featured jugglers, fire-eaters, stilt walkers, royal lookalikes, Wonder Woman and characters from the Wizard of Oz.’
- ‘Medieval games, fire-eaters, stalls and music will greet visitors to Chipping Norton on May Bank Holiday Monday, when the town celebrates the 800th anniversary of its ancient fair charter.’
- ‘Guests can enjoy nine bars and entertainment that includes live performances by acrobatic dancers and fire-eaters.’
- ‘Silver-coated mime artists, preening pipers and flaming fire-eaters clog every city thoroughfare.’
- ‘Everywhere amazing spectacles were being performed, as crowds gathered and applauded the snake charmers, coal-walkers, and fire-eaters.’
- ‘Live music, funfairs and fire-eaters are among the attractions being lined up to celebrate Bonfire Night across the region tomorrow.’
- ‘All around me are jugglers and fortune-tellers, dancers and fire-eaters, and every few steps is another stall with a vendor eager to squeeze fresh orange juice.’
- ‘But things hotted up with the onset of dusk, as strobe lighting and fire-eaters added atmosphere to the cavernous marquee that served as a dance floor.’
- ‘For entertainment, there were Morris Dancers, fire-eaters, jugglers and an open air Carol concert accompanied by a brass band.’
- ‘Take a warm starlit night in the desert, add hundreds of low tables of exotic food laid out on carpets on the sand, then bring on the belly-dancers, the camels and the fire-eaters.’
- ‘For the children there were clowns, stilt walkers, magicians, fire-eaters and the real old favourite of a Punch and Judy show.’
- ‘This year the traditional parade will be replaced by a colourful street carnival, complete with fire-eaters, trapeze artists, stilt acrobats and costumes galore.’
- ‘The people running the event were cheerful and friendly and they'd laid on fire-eaters and drummers to entertain us.’
- ‘If your budget allows, arrange for guests to be welcomed by some unusual meeters and greeters: think can-can girls and fire-eaters.’
- ‘There is also a performance by a fire-eater who keeps the children on the edge of their seats.’
- ‘Visitors will be able stroll around the Gardens exploring the glasshouses lit up, accompanied by glass blowing demonstrations, fire-eaters and jugglers.’
2dated A person prone to quarreling or fighting.
- ‘It is essential that we take no drastic actions that would please our own fire-eaters but would drive foreign states into the arms of the terrorists.’
- ‘Whether we know it or not, the former fire-eater is now not just Ireland's best known actor, he's one of its biggest fans.’
- ‘The point is that the president is getting a team together of young fire-eaters that can work sixteen hour days up to and through the election.’
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