flare-up
noun Date: 1839 1. a sudden outburst or intensification 2. a sudden bursting (as of a smoldering fire) into flame or light 3. a sudden outburst of or increase in the symptoms of a disease or condition

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  • flare-up — [flerup΄] n. 1. a sudden outburst of flame 2. a sudden, brief outburst of anger, trouble, etc. * * * flare up (flârʹŭp ) n. 1. A sudden outbreak of flame or light: a flare up of the embers. 2. An outburst or eruption: a flare …   Universalium

  • flare up — {v.} 1. To burn brightly for a short time especially after having died down. * /The fire flared up again and then died./ 2. To become suddenly angry. * /The mayor flared up at the reporter s remark./ * /The mother flared up at her children./ 3.… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • flare up — {v.} 1. To burn brightly for a short time especially after having died down. * /The fire flared up again and then died./ 2. To become suddenly angry. * /The mayor flared up at the reporter s remark./ * /The mother flared up at her children./ 3.… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • flare-up — flare ups N COUNT: usu a N of/in n If there is a flare up of violence or of an illness, it suddenly starts or gets worse. There s been a flare up of violence in South Africa. ...a flare up in her arthritis …   English dictionary

  • flare-up — n 1.) a situation in which someone suddenly becomes angry or violent ▪ Apart from one or two flare ups the match went fairly smoothly. 2.) a situation in which someone suddenly has problems because of a disease or illness after not having any… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Flare-up — n. 1. A sudden burst of anger or passion; an angry dispute. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster] 2. A sudden bursting into flame; a flaring. [Webster 1913 Suppl.] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • flare-up — əp n a sudden increase in the symptoms of a latent or subsiding disease <a flare up of malaria> …   Medical dictionary

  • flare-up — flare ,up noun count 1. ) an occasion when people suddenly start behaving in an angry or violent way: A flare up along the border threatened the peace talks. 2. ) an occasion when a disease suddenly returns after you have not had it for some time …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • flare up — index deflagrate, outburst Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • flare-up — index bluster (commotion), furor, outbreak Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • flare-up — [n] sudden outbreak blowup, epidemic, eruption, explosion, gush, outburst, rise; concept 633 …   New thesaurus

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