Sparks


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sparks fly

1. There is a lot of animosity, arguing, or angry tension (between two people). The two managers have drastically different ideas of how the business should be run, so sparks fly whenever they are in a meeting together.
2. There is a lot of romantic and sexual chemistry (between two people). Sparks flew when I first met my husband. We just had a natural connection that has survived to this day.
See also: fly, Sparks

the feathers fly

There is an argument. When the feathers fly, I'm making myself scarce—there's no way I'm getting roped into a fight between those two. You can be sure that the feathers will fly if the president vetoes the bill that both sides of congress worked so hard to pass.
See also: feather, fly

strike sparks off one another

To prompt or inspire intense, exciting, or creative energy and ideas while working on something together. While the writing is mediocre at best, the film is saved by the two lead performances, who strike sparks off one another in every scene they share. We had a lot of talent in the room, but we just didn't strike any sparks off one another, so we scrapped the writing project for the time being.
See also: another, off, one, Sparks, strike

strike sparks off each other

To prompt or inspire intense, exciting, or creative energy and ideas while working on something together. While the writing is mediocre at best, the film is saved by the two lead performances, who strike sparks off each other in every scene they share. We had a lot of talent in the room, but we just didn't strike any sparks off each other, so we scrapped the writing project for the time being.
See also: each, off, other, Sparks, strike

the sparks fly

There is an argument. When the sparks flies, I'm making myself scarce—there's no way I'm getting roped into a fight between those two. You can be sure that the sparks will fly if the president vetoes the bill that both sides of congress worked so hard to pass.
See also: fly, Sparks

make the sparks fly

1. To cause disruption, confusion, or turmoil. The CEO's resignation made the sparks fly in the media about the tech giant's future. My mom will make the sparks fly if she finds out we took her car without asking.
2. To do or attempt something with great energy, enthusiasm, and skill. The team's quarterback really made the sparks fly on Sunday, making over 30 completed passes for four touchdowns and running for a total of 250 yards all by himself.
See also: fly, make, Sparks

spark off

1. Literally, to ignite or set fire to something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "spark" and "off." He sparked off the fireworks, then ran behind the car for cover. Police arrested the man on suspicion of sparking the forest fire off.
2. To cause something to happen or begin; to set something into motion. A noun or pronoun can be used between "spark" and "off." The question sparked off a two-hour debate about the ethics of modifying genetic code before birth. The killing sparked a series of riots off across the country, which gathered momentum into a full-blown revolution.
See also: off, spark

spark up

1. To begin or initiate something, especially a conversation, argument, or . A noun or pronoun can be used between "spark" and "up." I sparked up a conversation with the man sitting next to me, and it turned out that he had gone to high school with my college roommate. What are the odds? The president's actions have been sparking up debates and arguments around the country about its ethics.
2. To ignite a tobacco product in order to smoke it. A noun or pronoun can be used between "spark" and "up." If you absolutely have to spark up after dinner, please go do it outside. I'll always remember my father sitting in his great big armchair sparking cigars up as he watched television into the night.
See also: spark, up

spark something off

 
1. Lit. to ignite something flammable or explosive. The lightning sparked afire off. The match sparked off a raging inferno.
2. Fig. to cause or start some violent or energetic activity. We were afraid there would be a riot and the speaker nearly sparked it off. The speaker sparked off quite a discussion.
See also: off, spark

make the sparks fly

Start a fight or argument, as in If Mary finds out he went to the races without her, that will make the sparks fly. In this idiom, the small particles of a fire called sparks are transferred to an inflammatory situation. [Early 1900s]
See also: fly, make, Sparks

sparks fly

1. If sparks fly between two people, they get angry with each other and argue. They are not afraid to tackle the issues or let the sparks fly when necessary. Tempers flare and sparks fly with great ferocity as the couple argue.
2. If sparks fly between two people, they are very excited by or interested in each other, often in a sexual way. Whenever these two actors are on screen, sparks fly.
See also: fly, Sparks

strike sparks off each other

mainly BRITISH
If people who are trying to achieve something together strike sparks off each other, they react to each other in a very exciting or creative way. They have that creative partnership where they just strike sparks off each other.
See also: each, off, other, Sparks, strike

sparks fly

a discussion becomes heated or lively.
See also: fly, Sparks

strike sparks off each other (or one another)

(of two or more people) creatively inspire each other while working on something.
See also: each, off, other, Sparks, strike

the ˌfeathers/ˌfur/ˌsparks will ˈfly

(informal) there will be anger, annoyance, etc: The fur will really fly when she tells him he can’t go out tonight.
See also: feather, fly, fur, Sparks, will

spark off

v.
1. To ignite some fire: Forest rangers think that a cigarette sparked off the blaze. After the fire was extinguished, investigators tried to determine what sparked it off.
2. To set something in motion; trigger something: The assassination sparked off a revolution. Historians disagree about what sparked the riot off.
See also: off, spark

spark up

v.
1. To initiate some conversation, friendship, or debate: On the train, I sparked up a conversation with the person next to me. The trial sparked a debate up over free speech.
2. To light some cigarette, cigar, or similar product: He lit a match and sparked up his pipe. She took a cigar from the case and sparked it up. The smokers went outside to spark up.
See also: spark, up
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