Frequent question: Where does the saying fight fire with fire come from?

The phrase fight fire with fire is derived from a literal fire-fighting practice that was popular in the United States during pioneer times. On the frontier, fire fighters were poorly-equipped volunteers.

Who invented the phrase fight fire with fire?

Shakespeare might have created the “fire with fire” part, but it seems by the time Western novels rolled out in the 1840s and 1850s, it had become “fight fire with fire.” Some of you might be wondering what it would actually look like to start an actual fire when another one was already burning.

Why you should not fight fire with fire?

Never fight a fire:

If the fire is spreading beyond the spot where it started. If you can’t fight the fire with your back to an escape exit. If the fire can block your only escape. If you don’t have adequate fire-fighting equipment.

What does it mean fight fire with fire?

: to fight against an opponent by using the same methods or weapons that the opponent uses.

Who say love is blind?

‘Love is blind’ is a phrase spoken by Jessica, a character in The Merchant of Venice. Today the phrase ‘love is blind’ is one of the most common comments people make about what people who are in love do, and how they behave.

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How do you fight with fire?

In order to fight a fire, you must take out any one of the fire elements. The most common method is to use water to put out the fire. The water takes away heat by cooling the fire. Water also smothers the fire, taking away oxygen.

Can fire ever beat water?

– Earth can absorb Water, but Water can cover the land (Earth). – Water can extinguish Fire, but Fire might evaporate Water.

What is the best Defence against fire?

As always, the best defense against a fire is to be prepared. Take a moment to look at your fire extinguisher.

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