- Often fireworks. a combustible or explosive device for producing a striking display of light or a loud noise, used for signaling or as part of a celebration.
- a pyrotechnic display.
- a display of violent temper or fierce activity.
- any spectacular display, especially of wit or of a technical feat by a musician or dancer.
Origin of firework
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Examples from the Web for firework
The Firework siren also reveals that she once prayed to God for, uhh, a new chest.Katy Perry Lost Her Virginity in a Volvo
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The result is the biggest property bubble in history, which when it pops will sound like a thousand firework accidents.If You Thought the 2008 Recession Was Bad, Wait Till China's Bubble Pops
September 13, 2012
“That is my business—to sit on you when you go off like a firework,” said Gilmore merrily.The Weathercock
George Manville Fenn
Suffice it to say the whole thing went off sparkling like a firework.Mystic London:
Charles Maurice Davies
But I can flame up into a consuming passion and burn like a firework.The Duel
A. I. Kuprin
Unfortunately, a firework of applause was all that he could obtain.Talleyrand
People looked on as at some firework display, and nothing came of it.Cornish Characters
- a device, such as a Catherine wheel, Roman candle, or rocket, in which combustible materials are ignited and produce coloured flames, sparks, and smoke, sometimes accompanied by bangs
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