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  • noun Obsolete spelling of bonfire.


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  • The night before we marched we chopped down a tree at my headquarters and had a bone-fire and singsong.

    "The Red Watch" With the First Canadian Division in Flanders

  • All that iliction day means to thim is th 'old man goin' off in th 'mornin' with a light step an 'fire in his eye, an' comin 'home too late at night with a dent in his hat, news-boys hollerin' exthries with th 'news that fifty-four votes had been cast in th' third precint in th 'sivinth ward at 8 o'clock, an' Packy an 'Aloysius stealin' bar'ls fr'm th 'groceryman f'r th' bone-fire.

    Mr. Dooley Says

  • A bonfire, earlier a "bone-fire," seldom burns bones.

    VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly Vol X No 3


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