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Difference between Fire someone and Fire someone up

fire someone—(often Passive) dismiss a person from a job:

  • A police officer claims that he was fired because a Web site he operates criticizes the Police Department.

Note: The expression does not correlate in meaning with the phrase burn someone—(sl., usually Passive)

1. reprimand a person severely:

  • Having been burned for speaking my mind often enough, I leave you to your thoughts.

2. cheat or swindle smb. of his money:

  • Just be careful, I was burned for one hundred dollars. I hope to see nobody else in this situation.

fire someone upmake a person highly excited or enthusiastic:

  • Their passionate drive to bring about better lives for others have fired them up to achieve great things.