Results 1 to 3 of 3

Thread: fire-fighting

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Posts
    189
    Post Thanks / Like

    Post fire-fighting

    "There were other problems. The administration was short of personnel. Obama had his hands full fire-fighting on the economic front and tackling Afghanistan and North Korea". What does the word "fire-fighting" in the above mean. Is it related to extinguishing the flames or firing with fire-arms.

  2. #2
    BobK's Avatar
    BobK is offline Harmless drudge
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • UK
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Posts
    15,473
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: fire-fighting

    Quote Originally Posted by Romel Panzer View Post
    "There were other problems. The administration was short of personnel. Obama had his hands full fire-fighting on the economic front and tackling Afghanistan and North Korea". What does the word "fire-fighting" in the above mean. Is it related to extinguishing the flames or firing with fire-arms.
    The former, but figuratively. He's not actually putting fires out, he's dealing with problems as they arise.

    b

  3. #3
    bhaisahab's Avatar
    bhaisahab is offline Moderator
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Retired English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • England
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Posts
    22,299
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: fire-fighting

    Quote Originally Posted by Romel Panzer View Post
    "There were other problems. The administration was short of personnel. Obama had his hands full fire-fighting on the economic front and tackling Afghanistan and North Korea". What does the word "fire-fighting" in the above mean. Is it related to extinguishing the flames or firing with fire-arms.
    It's related to extinguishing the flames. Obama was 'fighting the fire' of the economic downturn, trying to limit the damage.

Similar Threads

  1. should fighting start
    By lovecindy in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 22-Jun-2008, 05:18
  2. Fire and sword
    By fire_leo9@hotmail.com in forum English Idioms and Sayings
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 04-Feb-2008, 20:31
  3. Name of a fire fighting equipment (URGENT)
    By Ju in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 16-Nov-2007, 03:34
  4. fire
    By yervand in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 15-Mar-2006, 12:43
  5. fire or fires
    By michaelfung in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 04-Dec-2005, 08:07

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •