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Fire. (Anglo-Saxon, fyr; Greek, pur.)

St. Antony’s fire. Erysipelas. “Le feu St. Antoine.” (See Anthony.)

St. Helen’s fire. “Ignis sanctœ Helĕnœ.”

Feu St. Helme.” (See Castor and Pollux; and Elmo.)

Hermes’s fire. Same as St. Helen’s fire (q.v.).

I have myself passed through the fire; I have smelt the smell of fire. I have had experience in trouble. The allusion is to Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, who were cast into the fiery furnace by Nebuchadnezzar (Dan. iii.).

If you will enjoy the fire you must put up with the smoke. (Latin, “Commodʹitas quœvis sua fert incommŏda secum.”) Every convenience has its inconvenience.

More fire in the bed-straw. More mischief brewing. Alluding to the times when straw was used for carpets and beds.

No fire without smoke. (French, “Nul feu sans fumée.”) No good without its mixture of evil.

No smoke without fire. To every scandal there is some foundation.

Where there is smoke there is fire. Every effect is the result of some cause.

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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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