visiting fireman

visiting fireman
   1. American
   a boisterous reveller
   Especially at conventions etc. some distance from home:
    ... a visiting fireman in search of a cheap thrill would get mugged and robbed. (McBain, 1981)
   2. a person sent from headquarters to investigate the situation or correct mistakes in a subsidiary organization
   Looking for a fire or trying to extinguish it:
    He should not get into any arguments or debates with visiting firemen who take his time. (Butcher, 1946, writing of General Eisenhower in Algiers) When visiting 'firemen' move in, the bodel has to move out. (Forsyth, 1994 — a bodel is a young Israeli living abroad and spying for the Israeli secret service, MOSSAD)

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