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#151517 - 12/04/05 05:19 PM shit fire and save matches
dalehileman Offline
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171 hits but meaning not apparent. Could this be one of those all-purpose phrases that the user drops anywhere he thinks it conceivably fit? How long has it been around
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#151518 - 12/04/05 07:20 PM Re: shit fire and save matches
consuelo Offline
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From Amerispeak, expressions of our American ancestors:

THEY SAID: Shit fire and save your matches

WE SAY: Wow!

From Texas Slang II:

Shit (or shoot) fire and save the matches. ("I'll be darn)

I've never heard this expression. Where'd you run across it, Dale?

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#151519 - 12/04/05 07:50 PM Re: shit fire and save matches
Buffalo Shrdlu Offline
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it's a new one for me, too.
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#151520 - 12/05/05 06:14 AM Re: shit fire and save matches
Faldage Offline
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I've heard "shit fire" but nothing about saving matches. It was never said in an intonation that would suggest that "shit" was a transitive verb with "fire" the object. The emphasis was always on the "shit".

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#151521 - 12/05/05 01:57 PM Re: shit fire and save matches
dalehileman Offline
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Con, I think I encountered it on PF
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#151522 - 12/05/05 08:55 PM Re: shit fire and save matches
Elizabeth Creith Offline
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Loc: Northern Ontario, Canada
I came across it in the novel "Cold Mountain". The book is vastly superior to the movie, even if the movie DOES have Donald Sutherland in it.

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#151523 - 12/05/05 09:46 PM Re: shit fire and save matches
Father Steve Offline
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Donald Sutherland played the role of Mister Bennett in this year's movie version of "Pride and Prejudice" and did it wonderfully.

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#151524 - 12/05/05 10:45 PM Re: shit fire and save matches
tsuwm Offline
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DS does seem to be improving with age -- or maybe it's just the comparison to Kiefer...

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#151525 - 12/06/05 01:11 AM Re: shit fire and save matches
TEd Remington Offline
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Quote:

DS does seem to be improving with age -- or maybe it's just the comparison to Kiefer...




So what are we, pate?
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#151526 - 12/06/05 06:31 AM Re: shit fire and save matches
inselpeter Offline
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DS is hilarious in his screen debut(?) in Little Murders.

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