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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.
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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

to happen suddenly Severe thunderstorms flare up there at almost any time during the summer. You may not feel like chopping vegetables when the pain in your hands flares up.
Etymology: based on the literal meaning of flare up (to suddenly burn brightly)
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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.
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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.
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element of the M206 and M211 defensive flare solution that protects transport
Flares produce a brilliant white light, and will leave a white smoke trail when falling from an aircraft.
Exposures to NSAIDs within 15, 30, and 45 days yielded similar results, as did prescription NSAID exposures 2-4 months before a disease flare.
Even if there had been astronauts on the moon during January's flare, the first hour's dose of radiation wouldn't have been enough to make them sick, he says.
Mr Alexander Kosovichev, a senior research scientist from Stanford, said: "People have looked for evidence of seismic waves from flares before, but they didn't have a theory so they didn't know where to look.
These Eco-Friendly Flares are safer to store, since there is no flaking red phosphorous in the boxes.
The purpose of this Framework Agreement is to supply the Royal Danish Air Force with Flares and Chaff cartridges to sustain operation of the F-16 fighter, C-130J cargo aircraft and EH-101 and Seahawk helicopters within RDAF inventory.
Of this group, 64 percent had more than four flares over two, 14 day periods.
Solar flares are huge bursts of radiation but the harmful radiation from a flare cannot pierce through the Earth to physically harm people, according to NASA.
THE Football Association has contacted Liverpool and Manchester United after flares and smoke canisters were set off at Wednesday's League Cup fixture.
The scope of work includes the relocation of the south relief flare to the east of the existing flare F-14, installation of two new ground flares at the existing South Relief flare location, demolition of the F-11 and F-14 flares, replacement of a tip for flare, new electrical substation.
2011 January saw activity levels much as they had been in 2010, (1) with just 7 solar flares detected as Sudden Ionospheric Disturbances (SIDs).
Since the dispenser fires flares in the desert, it's important to check it for small rocks and sand from aircraft rotor wash.