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Fire First

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Non, Monsieur, nous ne tirons jamais les premiers. According to tradition, this was said by the Count DʹAuteroches to Lord Charles Hay at the battle of Fontenoy, 30th April, 1745 (old style).

“On cʹétait de tradition dans lʹarmee; on laissait toujours par courtoisie, lʹavantage du premier feu à lʹennemi.” (See Notes and Queries, 29th October, 1892, p. 345.)

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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Fingle-fangle (A)
Finished to the Finger-nail
Finny Tribe
Finsbury (London)
Fion
Fir-cone
Fir-tree (The)
Fire. (Anglo-Saxon, fyr; Greek, pur.)
Fire
Fire Away!
Fire First
Fire-balloon
Fire-brand
Fire-drake or Fire-dragon
Fire-eaters
Fire-new
Fire-ship
Fire Up (To)
Fire Worship
Fire and Sword
Fire and Water