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Definition of "flare-up" []

  • A sudden outbreak of flame or light: a flare-up of the embers. (noun)
  • An outburst or eruption: a flare-up of anger. (noun)
  • A recurrence or an intensification: a flare-up of rheumatism. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "flare-up" in a sentence
  • "The episode is the latest flare-up of tension between the companies over issues including Yahoo's unwillingness to sell back its stake to Alibaba Group and Yahoo's frustration over the management of its brand in China."
  • "The student had sought me out to ask whether, as the Martin Peretz Professor of Yiddish Literature, I might offer an opinion on the flare-up."
  • "Another minicrisis, such as a repeat of the spring's flare-up of sovereign-debt worries in Europe, also could cause corporate bonds to suffer."