from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A metal screen placed in front of an open fireplace to catch sparks. Also called fire screen.
- n. See firebreak.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A mesh screen around a fire to prevent sparks or falling embers.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a narrow field that has been cleared to check the spread of a prairie fire or forest fire
- n. a metal screen before an open fire for protection (especially against flying sparks)
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(That the shield building for Westinghouse’s AP1000 turns out to be as effective as a chocolate fireguard is par for the course with nuke-builders.)
Cleber Dealencar/Warwick Properties Group Mr. Eden bought an antique French gate at a Paris auction, turning it into a fireguard.
My nappies bore triangular singe marks where they had been dried on the fireguard.
Durban 2 will inflame more violent antisemitism and the Jewish leadership, especially that of Britain, will be as helpless as a paper fireguard.
The Left will then realise when they haven't got work and their company's being sued by Ali Babah because he had to walk through a room where people were eating bacon, that voting in Obama was about as clever as putting a chocolate fireguard in from the fire.
Labour's targets for fighting crime are about as much use as a chocolate fireguard
This is why I believe OSPRE II is as much use as a chocolate fireguard in determining a persons suitibility to lead others.
An unsolicited view on Paul Rowen MP's prowess while working in his former council ward in Rochdale: He's about as much use as a chocolate fireguard.
No no, that's not fair, he's not even as much use as a chocolate fireguard.
The LibDem analysis I've read so far misses the obvious - they are today seen as being as useful as a chocolate fireguard.