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fire·man / ˈfīrmən/ • n. (pl. -men / -mən/ ) 1. a firefighter. 2. a person who tends a furnace or the fire of a steam engine or steamship; a stoker. ∎  an enlisted person in the U.S. navy who maintains and operates a ship's machinery.

visiting fireman

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visiting fireman in the US, a visitor to an organization given especially cordial treatment on account of his or her importance. The usage is recorded from the 1920s, but there is a much earlier literal example on record, in an 1855 Baltimore paper.

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