Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A fireman: a name given to the men of the fire patrol.
“Even now the American fireman is known as a “smoke-eater,” but that term would hardly fit the present day fire laddie in Germany, for with the new portable sprinkler system adopted by some of the larger cities of that country a fireman may approach quite close to the flames without becoming singed.”
“She poked the side and the smoke-eater began to whirl.”
“Stu Garret sat down behind his desk, shoved a cigarette in his mouth, and turned on the little brown smoke-eater next to his ashtray.”
“Pausing only long enough to see that Mr. Nestor and some others were looking after the exhausted "smoke-eater," Ned raced on after Tom.”
“He and another smoke-eater were taken to Weill Cornell Medical Center.”
“Shank Hall is closed through July 16, and Jest said he will be taking out the smoke-eater, cleaning the carpet and washing down the walls.”
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