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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

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
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The start of the match was delayed for half-anhour by an electrical problem at the stadium, and when they did get going it was the Diamonds that made the sparks fly.
Industry Secretary Tony Benn, star of the first Westminster radio show, made the sparks fly - but were you quick-witted enough to catch them?
But an innovative forward partnership featuring Ian Moore and Chris Shuker made the sparks fly in the last three games and delivered home wins over Carlisle and Stockport during the last week.
IT really was a case of weld-done to students of Cumbernauld College who made the sparks fly in a recent competition.
Jonathan Trott made the sparks fly during the power blackout in a thrilling match, but he could not save his side from a damaging defeat by Worcestershire by four runs
Tony morrison made the sparks fly in winning the Page Trophy, the Halifax- Huddersfield Alliance's end of season championship at Outlane yesterday.
The 40-year-old electrician made the sparks fly on a wet and windy day at the Blackburn course in a competition reduced to 28 holes because of the conditions.
The electrical engineer made the sparks fly in all directions when he gave Norwich a 39th minute spot kick for a Parker tackle on Forbes that was two yards outside the area.
Industry secretary Mr Tony Benn, star of the first Westminster radio show, made the sparks fly - but were you quick-witted enough to catch them?
JONATHAN TROTT made the sparks fly during a power blackout in a Twenty20 Cup thriller but could not save his side from a damaging defeat by Worcestershire at a packed Edgbaston.
The electrical engineer made the sparks fly when he gave Norwich a spot kick just before the break for a Parker tackle on Forbes which was outside the area - and Adams slotted home.
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