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1. verb, slang To write angry messages online, especially those targeted toward someone, as on a forum or message board. The administrators are going to suspend your account if you keep flaming the message board.
2. noun, slang Such messages. The administrators are going to suspend your account if they see all these flames from you on the message board.
3. noun One's romantic partner. How am I supposed to forget about my old flame if I keep seeing her around town?
Of a homosexual man, very flamboyant. Potentially offensive. I respect James for being so flaming—that's just who he is.
1. To be very unsuccessful or fail. That guy flamed out really quickly—his NBA career lasted only a few months.
2. To stop working or functioning properly, as due to the presence of, possibly excessive, heat. The mechanic better not tell me my engine flamed out because I don't have enough money to deal with that right now.
1. To begin to burn. Don't worry, the tinder will flame up eventually.
2. To begin to burn more intensely. The fire suddenly flamed up and crackled even louder.
flame with (an emotion)
Of the eyes, to seem to convey a particular feeling or emotion with intensity. Callie's eyes flamed with anger when I accused her of cheating on the test. Of course John's interested in you—his eyes are practically flaming with desire every time he looks at you.
See also: flame
1. [for something] to catch fire and burst into flames. The trees flamed up one by one in the forest fire. Suddenly the car flamed up and exploded.
2. [for a fire] to expand and send out larger flames. The raging fire flamed up and jumped to even more trees. As firemen opened the door and came in, the fire flamed up and filled the room.
1. To fail: Their new Internet company flamed out after only a few months.
2. To emit a flame that causes a malfunction; to burn out. Used of engines: I tried to restore that old car, but the engine flamed out.
1. in. to write an excited and angry note in a computer forum or news group. (see also flamage.) Stop flaming a minute and try to explain your position calmly.
2. n. a verbal attack as in sense 1 My email is full of flames this morning!
3. in. to appear obviously homosexual. Man, she’s flaming today!