Definition of five-alarm in English:

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five-alarm

Pronunciation: /ˌfīvəˈlärm/

adjective

[attributive] US informal
1(Of a fire) very large or fierce.
Example sentences
  • As we watched the raging, five-alarm fire, I was torn between being horrified at its fury and intensity and delighted by the technology that was letting us get the news instantly without a television or radio in sight.
  • They had shown up at the five-alarm fire five minutes too late to catch the perpetrators, but just in time to rescue the victims.
  • Fire department inspectors investigating the five-alarm fire were unable to determine what caused it, and have turned the matter over to police.
1.1(Of food, such as chilies) extremely pungent; hot.
Example sentences
  • Made five-alarm chili the other day, with three kinds of beans and many, many hot peppers.
  • Now salsas can be found worldwide, in varieties such as red chilli, guacamole, or green tomatillo, from mild, to tangy, to suicide five-alarm spicy.
  • When we needed a siesta from the five-alarm fare, we moved on to some non-Mexican entrées.
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