- a bright flame or fire: the welcome blaze of the hearth.
- a bright, hot gleam or glow: the blaze of day.
- a sparkling brightness: a blaze of jewels.
- a sudden, intense outburst, as of fire, passion, or fury: to unleash a blaze of pent-up emotions; a blaze of glory.
- blazes, Informal. hell: Go to blazes!
- to burn brightly (sometimes followed by away, up, forth): The bonfire blazed away for hours. The dry wood blazed up at the touch of a match.
- to shine like flame (sometimes followed by forth): Their faces blazed with enthusiasm.
- to burn with intense feeling or passion (sometimes followed by up): He blazed up at the insult.
- to shoot steadily or continuously (usually followed by away): The contestants blazed away at the clay pigeons.
- to be brilliantly conspicuous.
Origin of blaze1
- a spot or mark made on a tree, as by painting or notching or by chipping away a piece of the bark, to indicate a trail or boundary.
- a white area down the center of the face of a horse, cow, etc.
- to mark with blazes: to blaze a trail.
- to lead in forming or finding (a new method, course, etc.): His research in rocketry blazed the way for space travel.
Origin of blaze2
- to make known; proclaim; publish: Headlines blazed the shocking news.
- Obsolete. to blow, as from a trumpet.
Origin of blaze3
Examples from the Web for blazes
But I have a better question: What in blazes does Poland have to do with this anyway?Take John McCain’s Russia Advice and You Might Get Another Cold War
March 3, 2014
Crews tried to contain the blazes, but as the days progressed, the number of fires was simply out of their control.L.A. Riots Anniversary: 8 Infamous Videos
April 27, 2012
One firefighter was injured while fighting one of the blazes and was taken to a local hospital.Inside Los Angeles Arson Suspect Harry Burkhart’s Arrest
January 4, 2012
One firefighter was injured while fighting one of the blazes and taken to a local hospital.Los Angeles Fires: Officials Race to Identify the Arsonist
December 31, 2011
Darnation take it, what in blazes are you shouting around for at this hour of the night?The Law-Breakers
Gawd love you, guv'nor, they'd fight 'ell's blazes, them chaps would!Changing Winds
St. John G. Ervine
Had he brought us the lowest of the low, I should merely have said: 'Marry her and go to blazes!'L'Assommoir
But this one explains things, this one has logic, this one blazes a trail!The Treasure Trail
Marah Ellis Ryan
"Go to blazes," said the match, as it dropped in and fired both up.The New Pun Book
Thomas A. Brown and Thomas Joseph Carey
- slang a euphemistic word for hell
- informal (intensifier)to run like blazes; what the blazes are you doing?
- go to blazes! slang go to hell!
- a strong fire or flame
- a very bright light or glare
- an outburst (of passion, acclaim, patriotism, etc)
- brilliance; brightness
- to burn fiercely
- to shine brightly
- (often foll by up) to become stirred, as with anger or excitement
- (usually foll by away) to shoot continuously
- a mark, usually indicating a path, made on a tree, esp by chipping off the bark
- a light-coloured marking on the face of a domestic animal, esp a horse
- to indicate or mark (a tree, path, etc) with a blaze
- blaze a trail to explore new territories, areas of knowledge, etc, in such a way that others can follow
- (tr often foll by abroad) to make widely known; proclaim
Word Origin and History for blazes
euphemism for "Hell," 1818, plural of blaze (n.1).
"bright flame, fire," Old English blæse "a torch, flame, firebrand, lamp," from Proto-Germanic *blas- "shining, white" (cf. Old Saxon blas "white, whitish," Middle High German blas "bald," originally "white, shining," Old High German blas-ros "horse with a white spot," Middle Dutch and Dutch bles, German Blesse "white spot," blass "pale, whitish"), from PIE root *bhel- (1) "to shine, flash, burn" (see bleach (v.)).
"light-colored mark or spot," 1630s, northern English dialect, probably from Old Norse blesi "white spot on a horse's face" (from the same root as blaze (n.1)). A Low German cognate of the Norse word also has been suggested as the source. Applied 1660s in American English to marks cut on tree trunks to indicate a track; thus the verb meaning "to mark a trail;" first recorded 1750, American English. Related: Blazed; blazing.
"make public" (often in a bad sense, boastfully), late 14c., perhaps from Middle Dutch blasen "to blow" (on a trumpet), from Proto-Germanic *blaes-an (cf. German blasen, Gothic -blesan), from PIE *bhle-, variant of root *bhel- (2) "to blow, inflate, swell" (see bole).
"to burn brightly or vigorously," c.1200, from blaze (n.1). Related: Blazed; blazing.
"to mark" (a tree, a trail), 1750, American English; see blaze (n.2).
Idioms and Phrases with blazes
In addition to the idiom beginning with blaze
- blaze a trail
- hot as blazes
- like greased lightning (blazes)