Definition of firefighting in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈfʌɪəˌfʌɪtɪŋ/


[mass noun]
1The action or process of extinguishing fires, as a person’s job.
Example sentences
  • Rooms on the second floor of the museum show different aspects of firefighting or fire prevention.
  • A session in firefighting was also held with many of the seminar attendees performing well.
  • Firefighting was therefore at the top of the pecking order of Forest Service job prestige.
2(In business) the practice of dealing with problems as they arise rather than planning strategically to avoid them.
Example sentences
  • Mr Catterall said the staff were firefighting the whole time; unsurprisingly the Ward was not a popular one.
  • But business owners who use agencies on an ongoing basis are often left constantly firefighting.
  • At the moment we are just constantly firefighting.

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