watch fire


Definition of watch fire

: a fire lighted as a signal or for the use of a guard

Examples of watch fire in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Later at night the scene will change, as dozens of people typically gather round a drum circle and watch fire dancers perform. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Crowds gather in San Diego Beach defying public health order, residents’ safety concerns," 6 Aug. 2020 The flames, smoke and sirens from first responders drew dozens of people to the shoreline to watch fire crews spray water on burning train cars. Alana Minkler, The Arizona Republic, "'End of summer': Residents, onlookers react to the train derailment on Tempe Town Lake bridge," 29 July 2020 Lying in her bed, Jayla Christina Rodriguez watched fire engines, police cars and motorcycles stage a special parade outside of her house Thursday afternoon. Ricardo Torres, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'This is for you, baby': Police, fire and more put on parade for 13-year-old girl in hospice," 30 Apr. 2020 The fire's intense heat stretched across the street onto a large gathering of onlookers who watched fire crews trying put out the blaze. Glenn E. Rice, Robert A. Cronkleton And Max Londberg, kansascity, "Roof collapses, fire still raging at office building in North Kansas City | The Kansas City Star," 8 May 2018

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First Known Use of watch fire

1735, in the meaning defined above

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“Watch fire.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2020.

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