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Shoot of tree beginning to emerge (4)


I believe the answer is:


'shoot' is the definition.
(firing is a kind of shooting)

'tree beginning to emerge' is the wordplay.
'tree' becomes 'fir' (fir is a kind of tree).
'beginning to' suggests taking the first letters.
The initial letter of 'emerge' is 'e'.

'of' acts as a link.

(Other definitions for fire that I've seen before include "Sack; discharge (a gun)" , "Sack; conflagration" , "Ready, aim . . . ." , "... or combustion" , "Set light to; shoot" .)

I've seen this clue in The Independent.
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