Fire

(redirected from catches fire)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Idioms, Encyclopedia.

Fire

Somewhat informal; to terminate the employment of an employee. An employee may be fired for cause, such as for sexual harassment or absenteeism, or, in many cases, without cause. A fired employee is often eligible to collect unemployment insurance for a certain period of time.
References in periodicals archive ?
The English word at first meant "tinder," which is a spongy material that catches fire easily.
Rodriguez said last week, ``When one kid catches fire, they all catch fire.