Like blazes
Blaze Blaze (bl[=a]z), n. [OE. blase, AS. bl[ae]se, blase; akin to OHG. blass whitish, G. blass pale, MHG. blas torch, Icel. blys torch; perh. fr. the same root as E. blast. Cf. {Blast}, {Blush}, {Blink}.] 1. A stream of gas or vapor emitting light and heat in the process of combustion; a bright flame. ``To heaven the blaze uprolled.'' --Croly. [1913 Webster]

2. Intense, direct light accompanied with heat; as, to seek shelter from the blaze of the sun. [1913 Webster]

O dark, dark, dark, amid the blaze of noon! --Milton. [1913 Webster]

3. A bursting out, or active display of any quality; an outburst; a brilliant display. ``Fierce blaze of riot.'' ``His blaze of wrath.'' --Shak. [1913 Webster]

For what is glory but the blaze of fame? --Milton. [1913 Webster]

4. [Cf. D. bles; akin to E. blaze light.] A white spot on the forehead of a horse. [1913 Webster]

5. A spot made on trees by chipping off a piece of the bark, usually as a surveyor's mark. [1913 Webster]

Three blazes in a perpendicular line on the same tree indicating a legislative road, the single blaze a settlement or neighborhood road. --Carlton. [1913 Webster]

{In a blaze}, on fire; burning with a flame; filled with, giving, or reflecting light; excited or exasperated.

{Like blazes}, furiously; rapidly. [Low] ``The horses did along like blazes tear.'' --Poem in Essex dialect. [1913 Webster]

Note: In low language in the U. S., blazes is frequently used of something extreme or excessive, especially of something very bad; as, blue as blazes. --Neal. [1913 Webster]

Syn: {Blaze}, {Flame}.

Usage: A blaze and a flame are both produced by burning gas. In blaze the idea of light rapidly evolved is prominent, with or without heat; as, the blaze of the sun or of a meteor. Flame includes a stronger notion of heat; as, he perished in the flames. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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