Definition of firebug in US English:



  • An arsonist.

    • ‘Youngsters are facing a summer without a youth club after firebugs torched a sports pavilion, destroying its sports equipment.’
    • ‘He blamed it all on firebugs and said heavier jail sentences were needed for arsonists.’
    • ‘A derelict social club plagued by firebugs could soon be demolished.’
    • ‘Fire crews were called to the home in the early hours after it is believed firebugs entered the basement and started the inferno.’
    • ‘The project will see a special crew, armed with a truck, hunting down and carting away piles of rubbish before firebugs can strike.’
    • ‘The police were then notified and, with minimal interrogation, the alleged firebug confessed to the gamut of crimes he was accused of.’
    • ‘Fire chiefs today vowed to tackle school arsonists after new figures revealed firebugs were behind hundreds of fires costing more than £7m.’
    • ‘Young firebugs are being shown the error of their ways - by learning how to be firefighters.’
    • ‘While adult offenders would face prison terms of up to 14 years, young firebugs would be made to confront burns victims and families who lost homes.’
    • ‘A Burnley resident is living in fear of her house going up in smoke after firebugs targeted neighbouring derelict properties.’
    • ‘A city-wide search last night failed to locate the fugitive firebug, and police fear that he may strike again.’
    • ‘A young boy's carefully nurtured flowerbeds went up in smoke this week when firebugs set light to allotments and destroyed everything in their midst.’
    • ‘An arson attack victim has spoken of her fear after finding that firebugs had set fire to her front door.’
    • ‘Wasteland which has turned into a regular target for firebugs has been lit again - three times in two-and-a-half hours.’
    • ‘An arson reduction team based at Nelson Street in Bradford already works to stamp out firebugs who target schools.’
    • ‘Firefighters called to the incidents yesterday said the irresponsible actions of firebugs caused a huge grassland blaze close to a supermarket and almost caused a serious factory fire on an industrial estate.’
    • ‘Eleven arson attacks were launched over the weekend when firebugs set light to rubbish next to residents' homes across Morecambe.’
    • ‘Young firebugs twice set fire to a one tonne bale of hay close to homes in Heysham.’
    • ‘Police have set up a special task force to combat the activities of teenage firebugs believed to be behind a spate of arson attacks in Chippenham.’
    • ‘Foolish firebugs who torched piles of rubbish across York early today have been accused of endangering lives.’