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blazing inferno

Some place or thing totally engulfed in flame. After the summer-long drought, it didn't take long for a minor forest fire to become a blazing inferno.
See also: blaze

in blue blazes?

Used as an intensifier after a question word (who, what, where, when, why, and how) to express extreme confusion, surprise, or aggravation. Primarily heard in US. And just how in blue blazes am I supposed to have three reports done by 9 AM tomorrow? Where in blue blazes did you find that rusty old car? Who in blue blazes is making all that noise?
See also: blue

in (the) blazes?

Used as an intensifier after a question word (who, what, where, when, why, and how) to express extreme confusion, surprise, or aggravation. Primarily heard in US. And just how in blazes am I supposed to have three reports done by 9 AM tomorrow? Where in the blazes did you find that rusty old car? Who in blazes is making all that noise?

blazing star

A comet. Did you see the tail on that blazing star? I can't believe how much it lit up the night sky!
See also: blaze, star

blaze (the/a) trail

1. Literally, to create a trail by clearing trees and vegetation or simply by marking trees. Does anyone know who blazed the trail through these woods back in the 18th century?
2. By extension, to be the first to do something, often that which is later emulated or built upon by others. I hope that the rest of my family will move to the West Coast if I blaze the trail and relocate there first. The forefathers of medicine blazed a trail for today's doctors.
See also: blaze, trail

blaze away at (someone or something)

To shoot a gun at a target repeatedly. The officer blazed away at the fleeing criminal and finally struck him in the leg. William blazed away at the bull's eye and still didn't land a single shot!
See also: away, blaze

blaze down on (someone or something)

To intensely shine down onto someone or something. I sure hope you put on sunscreen before letting the sun blaze down on you for hours. The suspect started sweating as the lights in the interrogation room blazed down on him. The sun blazing down on the car melted the pack of gum I'd left in there.
See also: blaze, down, on

blaze up

To suddenly gain strength and burst forth, as of a fire. This phrase can be used to describe a literal blaze or any worsening situation. I thought I had contained the fire, but when the flames blazed up again, I called the fire department. Things had been peaceful between my aunts for months, but old grievances blazed up again on our family vacation.
See also: blaze, up

blaze with (something)

To shine or burn in a particular way (which is stated after "with"). The sun blazed with such intensity that I had to shut my eyes.
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blaze a trail

1. Lit. to make and mark a trail. The scout blazed a trail through the forest.
2. Fig. to do early or pioneering work that others will follow up on. Professor Williams blazed a trail in the study of physics.
See also: blaze, trail

blaze away (at someone or something)

[for gunfire] to fire continually at someone or something. The guns blazed away at the oncoming ducks. The cowboy blazed away at his opponent in the gunfight.
See also: away, blaze

blaze down (on someone or something)

[for the sun or other hot light] to burn from above onto someone or something. The sun blazed down on the people on the beach. The stage lights blazed down on the set while the actors rehearsed.
See also: blaze, down

blaze up

1. Lit. [for flames] to expand upward suddenly. The fire blazed up and warmed all of us. As the fire blazed up, we moved away from the fireplace.
2. Fig. [for trouble, especially violent trouble] to erupt suddenly. The battle blazed up again, and the fighting started to become fierce. As the battle blazed up, the cowards fled into the hills.
See also: blaze, up

blaze with something

to burn with some quality, such as great heat or sound. The sun blazed with unbelievable heat. The fire blazed with much crackling.
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Damn it to blue blazes!

Rur. Damn it. (An oath.) Damn it to blue blazes, I told you I can't lend you any more money! "Damn it to blue blazes! I give up!" Joe shouted, flinging his tools aside.
See also: blue, damn

Go to blazes!

Inf. Go to hell! Go to blazes! Stop pestering me! I'm sick of your complaining. Go to blazes!

like greased lightning

Rur. very fast. Once I get her tuned up, this old car will go like greased lightning. He's a fat kid, but he can run like greased lightning.
See also: grease, lightning, like

blaze a trail

to do something different The hospital has blazed a trail in children's care by giving them many things to do and allowing visitors at any hour.
See also: blaze, trail

blaze a trail

to do something that no-one has done before, especially something which will be important for other people The hospital has blazed a trail in developing new techniques for treating infertility.
See also: blaze, trail

Go to blazes!

  (old-fashioned, informal)
a rude and angry way of telling someone to go away and that you do not care what happens to them Just go to blazes! I'm sick of your rudeness! If he's going to start making demands, he can go to blazes.

[What/Why/Who etc.] the (blue) blazes

  (old-fashioned, informal)
if you start a question with what/who/why etc. the blazes, you show that you are very surprised or angry about the thing you are asking about What the blazes are they doing up on the roof?
See also: blaze, what

like blue blazes

  (American & Australian old-fashioned)
if someone or something does something like blue blazes, they do it a lot This sweater itches like blue blazes.
See also: blaze, blue, like

like greased lightning

if someone does something like greased lightning, they do it very quickly I mentioned work and he was out of the room like greased lightning.
See also: grease, lightning, like

with (your) guns blazing

  also all guns blazing
if you do something, especially argue, with guns blazing, you do it with a lot of force and energy The boy's mother arrived at the school, all guns blazing, furious that her son had been suspended.
See spike guns
See also: blaze, gun

blaze a trail

Find a new path or method; begin a new undertaking. For example, His research blazed a trail for new kinds of gene therapy. This expression was first used literally in the 18th century for the practice of marking a forest trail by making blazes, that is, marking trees with notches or chips in the bark. [Late 1800s]
See also: blaze, trail

hot as blazes

Also, hot as hell. Extremely warm, as in It was hot as blazes in that room, or I'm hot as hell and would love a cold shower. The first of these hyperbolic similes dates from the mid-1800s, the second from the early 1900s.
See also: blaze, hot

like greased lightning

Also, like a blue streak; like the wind; like blazes. Very fast indeed, as in He climbed that ladder like greased lightning, or She kept on talking like a blue streak, or The children ran like the wind when they heard there'd be free ice cream. The likening of speed to lightning dates from the 1500s, and grease was added in the early 1800s to further accentuate the idea of haste. The first variant, blue streak, also dates from the early 1800s and alludes to something resembling lightning. The wind in the second variant has been a metaphor for swiftness since ancient Roman times. The blazes in the last variant, first recorded in 1925, alludes to fire or lightning.
See also: grease, lightning, like


in. to smoke marijuana. The teacher caught two of them blazing in the john.


n. hell. (Especially with blue.) Just go to blue blazes.
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mod. really good; really good looking; really hot. (see also blaze.) We had a blazing time at Jane and Bob’s wedding reception.
See also: blaze

Go to blazes!

and Go to the devil!
exclam. Go to hell! Go to blazes! Stop pestering me! You can just go to the devil!
References in classic literature ?
Behind this figure glowed a vast fireplace alive with leaping flames; great logs of oak blazed and crackled on the polished brass andirons whose flicker shone upon the superb habiliments of the lonely tenant of the room, which was illumined grandly by twin candelabra rich with wax-lights.
There was no hope to leave," Arthur firmly replied, though his eyes glittered with tears as he gazed upwards into the midnight sky, from which one solitary star, the glorious 'Vega,' blazed out in fitful splendour through the driving clouds.
a flash of fire blazed through the cellar, blinded every mother's son of them for several minutes, and when they recovered their eyesight, jug, goblet, and Red-cap had vanished, and nothing but the empty cider barrel remained.
The flames, which yet continued to rage along the sides of the mountain, no longer whirled in uncertain currents of their own eddies, but blazed high and steadily toward the heavens.
This fire blazed all night, and was amply replenished at daybreak; so that the towering pillar of smoke could not but be descried by the wanderers if within the distance of a day's journey.
And the horses shook themselves, and the dogs jumped up and barked; the pigeons took their heads from under their wings, and looked about and flew into the fields; the flies on the walls buzzed again; the fire in the kitchen blazed up; round went the jack, and round went the spit, with the goose for the king's dinner upon it; the butler finished his draught of ale; the maid went on plucking the fowl; and the cook gave the boy the box on his ear.
The ship's bell was ringing for us; a guitar in the background burlesqued the Wedding March under skinny fingers; the air was poisoned by a million cigarettes, they raised a pall of smoke above the mastheads, they set fire to the ship; smoke and flame covered the sea from rim to rim, smoke and flame filled the universe; the sea dried up, and I was left lying in its bed, lying in my coffin, with red-hot teeth, because the sun blazed right above them, and my withered lips were drawn back from them for ever.
And all might yet have been well with him, had she not, later, when brought back to consciousness, blazed at him with angry blue eyes and demanded: "Why did you?