All-fired



tremendous; extreme; excessive:
He had the all-fired gall to quit in the middle of the job.
Also, all-firedly
[awl-fahyuh rd-lee, -fahy-rid-] /ˈɔlˌfaɪərd li, -ˌfaɪ rɪd-/ (Show IPA). extremely; excessively:
Don’t be so all-fired sure of yourself.
Historical Examples

If Kiddie wasn’t so all-fired scrupulous about truth an’ justice, he’d make a passable magistrate.
Kiddie the Scout Robert Leighton

It’s an all-fired outrage to tell any human creature that he’s bound to hell.
Moby Dick; or The Whale Herman Melville

I guess, Silas,’ says I, ‘that you’ve made an all-fired fool of yerself.
Quincy Adams Sawyer and Mason’s Corner Folks Charles Felton Pidgin

Then after you get used to the rope wabbling so all-fired fast, you can do it like a mice.
Back Home Eugene Wood

If he dealt the cards he would get an all-fired hand himself, and if I dealt him nothing he’d bluff me right up the chimney.
Geoffrey Hampstead Thomas Stinson Jarvis

But what is there so all-fired good about ’em to make ’em sell like that?’
John Gayther’s Garden and the Stories Told Therein Frank R. Stockton

They’re all-fired fast, but it’s funny how they stop when you tackle them.
Football Days William H. Edwards

“It’s been all-fired lonely with both you an’ her gone,” said Mormon.
Rimrock Trail J. Allan Dunn

I’m a good enough Yank to see if your dinky police is such an all-fired cute little bunch of wonder-workers as you say!
Murder in Any Degree Owen Johnson

She was so all-fired mad that she come to me and wanted him ‘rested.
Frank Merriwell’s Son Burt L. Standish

adjective
(prenominal) excessive; extreme
adverb
(intensifier): don’t be so all-fired sure of yourself!
adj.

1837, U.S. slang euphemism for hell-fired.

adjective

: He’s got an all-fired lot of nerve

adverb

To an extreme or extravagant degree: Don’t be so all-fired stupid

[1800s+; a euphemism for hell-fired]

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