One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A protective screen or grid placed in front of an open fire.
- ‘Make sure that you use an appropriate fireguard for all fires.’
- ‘Our advice to the public is to close all doors and unplug unnecessary electrical items at night, take care with fireguards and smoking materials, check fire alarms and be extra careful on the roads.’
- ‘Make sure open fires have a suitable fireguard and are safe to leave.’
- ‘After draping her clothes over the fireguard, she tip-toed upstairs to her room in the loft and crawled into bed.’
- ‘Almost half of parents with an open, gas or electric fire did not have a fireguard, while 44% had not put locks on kitchen cupboard doors.’
- ‘If you have a fireplace, get a proper fireguard to put in front of it - those of you with children already crawling will know how fast they can move.’
- ‘The offer is that for every fireplace purchased by a customer, a free fireguard will be provided.’
- ‘The fender and fireguard would then be replaced and the fire lit.’
- ‘Alongside, my jeans and shorts - my only clothes to survive the night's escapades - were hanging on a fireguard and steaming slightly in the heat.’
- ‘A Sunday joint, a fireguard and a top hat were among the 10,000 articles which passengers lost after journeys during the previous 12 months.’
- ‘It's a long time since I boiled up a batch of handkerchiefs to be dried on the fireguard and ironed neatly.’
- ‘Use a fireguard if you have children, and fit smoke alarms in case a spark goes astray.’
- ‘It was hard in wet weather to get them dry, too, but somehow or other they did, on the fireguard, over the airer, or even in the oven!’
2North American A firebreak in a forest.
- ‘On Friday morning the Springer Creek fire jumped a fireguard in its northwest corner.’
- ‘The 300 ha Buckingham thinned for the project included a ‘priority one’ area that required a 30 metre wide clearcut in the middle of the fireguard.’
- ‘Other shots revealed the futile efforts of firefighters as they built fireguards or dropped plane-loads of water and fire retardant on a natural force out of control.’
- ‘To expand the fireguard, a 2 km wide stretch of forest was burned south into Kootenay National Park.’
- ‘Over the past few years I cut a fireguard 200 ft. wide around the place but that is little comfort in a strong wind.’
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