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1A firework or incendiary weapon consisting of a club or baton with a head of flammable or explosive material. Also simply: a flaming club.
2US. An association of volunteer firefighters. Now historical.
Mid 17th century; earliest use found in John Bate (fl. 1626–1635), writer on mechanics. From fire + club.
fire club/ˈfʌɪə klʌb/
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