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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Fire. (Anglo-Saxon, fyr; Greek, pur.)
St. Antony’s fire. Erysipelas. “Le feu St. Antoine.” (See ANTHONY.)   1
   St. Helen’s fire.Ignis sanctœ Helnœ.   2
   “Feu St. Helme.” (See CASTOR and POLLUX; and ELMO.)   3
   Hermes’s fire. Same as St. Helen’s fire (q.v.).   4
   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.).   5
   If you will enjoy the fire you must put up with the smoke. (Latin, “Commod’itas quœvis sua fert incommda secum.”) Every convenience has its inconvenience.   6
   More fire in the bed-straw. More mischief brewing. Alluding to the times when straw was used for carpets and beds.   7
   No fire without smoke. (French, “Nul feu sans fumée.”) No good without its mixture of evil.   8
   No smoke without fire. To every scandal there is some foundation.   9
   Where there is smoke there is fire. Every effect is the result of some cause.   10

 Fir-tree (The).Fire. 


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