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flare up

1. To begin to burn. Don't worry, the tinder will flare up eventually.
2. To begin to burn more intensely. The fire suddenly flared up and crackled even louder.
3. To suddenly worsen or intensify. My arthritis always seems to flare up at this time of year.
4. To suddenly lash out in anger. After I accidentally tapped that guy with my shopping cart, he just flared up and started screaming in my face!
5. To intensify into violence. This area is so unstable that war is liable to flare up at any moment.
See also: flare, up

flare out

to spread out; to widen. (Said especially of one opening of a tube or round-topped vessel.) The end of the pipe flared out to a larger diameter. The top of the vase flared out, and was decorated with little blobs of colored glass.
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flare something out

to spread something out; to make something wider. (Said especially of one end of a tube or round-topped vessel.) Can you flare the end of this pipe out a little? Flare out the end of this pipe.
See also: flare, out

flare up

 
1. Lit. [for something] to ignite and burn. The firewood flared up at last—four matches having been used.
2. Lit. [for a fire] to burn brightly again and expand rapidly. After burning quietly for a while, the fire suddenly flared up and made the room very bright.
3. Fig. [for a pain or medical condition] to get worse suddenly. My arthritis flares up during the damp weather.
4. Fig. [for a dispute] to break out or escalate into a battle. A war flared up in the Middle East. We can't send the whole army every time a dispute flares up.
5. and flare up at someone or something Fig. to lose one's temper at someone or something. I could tell by the way he flared up at me that he was not happy with what I had done. I didn't mean to flare up.
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flare up

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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flare out

v.
1. To curve away distinctly: This skirt flares out below the knee.
2. To emit a flame or something shaped like a flame: The candles we were carrying flared out in the night. A beacon flared out from the lighthouse.
3. To make a sudden, angry verbal attack: The sergeant flared out at the troops.
See also: flare, out

flare up

v.
1. To begin to increase in intensity: My rash flared up when I went outdoors into the sunshine.
2. To express sudden, strong negative emotions, especially anger or hate: The store manager flared up when the employee started talking back.
See also: flare, up
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Reduced Risk: Daily moisturization with Eucerin Eczema Relief Body Creme reduced the absolute risk of flare by 44.
NASA added that in case that the flares are intense, layers through which GPS and communications signal travel could be disturbed.
BUT FLARES CAN ALSO BE DANGEROUS, AS SEVERAL SOLDIERS UNFORTUNATELY DISCOVERED.
A similar slow flare recorded by group members as a SID on 2012 August 16 appeared to be associated with a magnetic Solar Flare Effect.
If they had gone off inside the machine, workers at the Penhesgyn recycling site on Anglesey would have been in danger, said site manager Alwyn Jones, who noticed the flares among the green waste as it was emptied onto the floor.
He added: "We are giving patients the opportunity to get on with their lives without the worry of a flare hanging over them.
contract for the M212 flare, Chemring now has multi-year contracts for all
EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE -- If brilliant white lights appear in the desert sky north of Edwards Air Force Base, it's not UFOs -- it's Air Force jets shooting off anti-missile flares.
Exposures to NSAIDs within 15, 30, and 45 days yielded similar results, as did prescription NSAID exposures 2-4 months before a disease flare.
Measurements of energetic particles from an unusually strong solar flare that pummeled Earth early this year suggest that astronauts traveling or working in space might sometimes need to reach shelter within minutes of a warning.
FIRED UP: When a solar flare (bright spot, below) erupts on the sun, it can take days for the charged particles to reach Earth.
When properly placed over the target, a difficult task on a windy night, flare light was helpful but often the light was diffused and disorienting.
It took Tricord Systems to pick up the ball and introduce a 'clustered' server appliance, Lunar Flare NAS.
Each flare gun comes with 12 cartridges, nine flares and an extractor.
Troubled potteries company Flare Group yesterday sold off its loss-making kiln and dryer making businesses, acquired two years ago for pounds 9 million, to privately-owned Stoke company Ceramic Drying Systems for a down payment of just pounds 450,000.