ball of fire
- (idiomatic) A person who is especially hard-working, high-achieving, ambitious, or active.
1910, Rex Ellingwood Beach, chapter 16, in Going Some: A Romance of Strenuous Affection:
- "I wonder how fast this feller is? Ever heard?"
- "They seem to think he's a whirlin' ball of fire, but that don't worry you none, does it?"
- 1981, Jim Brosnan, "Keith Hernandez on the Rocky Road to Cooperstown," Boys' Life, vol. 71, no. 9, p. 36:
- Despite Kennedy's glowing tribute, Hernandez was no ball of fire his first year as a pro.
1994, M. Scott Peck, A World Waiting to Be Born: Civility Rediscovered, ↑ISBN, page 198:
- "[T]ell me what you can about her supervisor," I requested.
- "Woman in her mid-fifties. No ball of fire. She's been with the company for twenty-two years and demonstrated no desire to climb any further."
- Often used in the expression "no ball of fire".