spit·​fire | \ ˈspit-ˌfī(-ə)r How to pronounce spitfire (audio) \

Definition of spitfire

: a quick-tempered or highly emotional person

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This group represents both the generations that shared stages with Pendulum in its heyday and those who were directly inspired to pick up producing because of the band's spitfire beats. Kat Bein, Billboard, "Pendulum Gets 'The Reworks' From Skrillex, Noisia, Moby, ATTLAS & More: Listen," 29 June 2018 His 15-year-old sister, Lilly, a lovable spitfire with Asperger’s syndrome, comes across naturally, as well. Colin Covert, kansascity, "In masterful ‘The Rider,’ a cowboy faces life outside the rodeo," 31 May 2018 GoldLink still made hay out of the proceedings, working in spitfire poetry, bossa-nova beats and a political conscience about gun violence and gentrification to the Tiny Desk. Morgan Enos, Billboard, "GoldLink Drops Miguel-Assisted Track 'Got Friends,' Performs NPR Tiny Desk Concert: Watch," 13 June 2018 With her spitfire, no-frills style, the former combat pilot is driving home to voters her military background and Congressional experience one stump speech at a time. Yvonne Wingett Sanchez, azcentral, "Kelli Ward may have missed her shot in the GOP primary for Senate. Here's why," 11 June 2018 The spitfire celebrity gave her first interview in months to The Hollywood Reporter, speaking just as frankly as ever. Rebecca Farley, refinery29.com, "Breaking Down Rose McGowan's Controversial New Interview," 9 May 2018 The absence of spitfire and verbosity have often been cited as a poor reflection of his leadership. Dan Bickley, azcentral, "Bickley: Cardinals' Sam Bradford is about to become our new obsession, for better or worse," 17 Mar. 2018 The act was completely in character for Ms. Gutierrez, 28, a dedicated soccer player and spitfire known for her big personality, spontaneity and smart, quick moves, both on and off the field. Louise Rafkin, New York Times, "Why Wait? When You Know, You Know.," 26 Jan. 2018 Tia Fun fact: Tia is a friend of Raven Gates, a true spitfire, one of the few women to get bleeped out (which is, in my estimation, a positive). Justin Kirkland, USA TODAY, "'Bachelor' premiere recap: Chelsea wastes no time becoming the season's villain," 1 Jan. 2018

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1656, in the meaning defined above

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