[ flair-uhp ]
/ ˈflɛərˌʌp /
a sudden flaring up of flame or light.
a sudden outburst or intensification, as of anger or tensions.
a sudden outbreak of violence, disease, or any other condition thought to be quelled, checked, or inactive.
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Origin of flareup
First recorded in 1830–40; noun use of verb phrase flare up
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British Dictionary definitions for flareup
a sudden burst of fire or light
informal a sudden burst of emotion or violence
verb flare up (intr, adverb)
to burst suddenly into fire or light
informal to burst into anger
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Idioms and Phrases with flareup
Suddenly become angry, as in She flared up at the slightest provocation. This metaphoric expression, dating from the mid-1800s, transfers a sudden burst of flame to sudden rage.
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