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[bleyz] /bleɪz/
a bright flame or fire:
the welcome blaze of the hearth.
a bright, hot gleam or glow:
the blaze of day.
a sparkling brightness:
a blaze of jewels.
a sudden, intense outburst, as of fire, passion, or fury:
to unleash a blaze of pent-up emotions; a blaze of glory.
blazes, Informal. hell:
Go to blazes!
verb (used without object), blazed, blazing.
to burn brightly (sometimes followed by away, up, forth):
The bonfire blazed away for hours. The dry wood blazed up at the touch of a match.
to shine like flame (sometimes followed by forth):
Their faces blazed with enthusiasm.
to burn with intense feeling or passion (sometimes followed by up):
He blazed up at the insult.
to shoot steadily or continuously (usually followed by away):
The contestants blazed away at the clay pigeons.
to be brilliantly conspicuous.
Origin of blaze1
before 1000; Middle English, Old English blase torch, flame; cognate with Middle High German blas torch
1. See flame. Unabridged
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  • We concluded to blaze away, hit or miss, and then take to our horses and have a running shot.

  • All we have to do is to blaze away with our muskets till we can give them a taste of our cutlasses.

    Salt Water W. H. G. Kingston
  • At once came a flash of fire from the gas thus generated, and the brushwood commenced to blaze away at a lively rate.

    The Putnam Hall Encampment Arthur M. Winfield
  • And then he whipped out his own weapon, got into range, and began to blaze away.

    The Rover Boys in the Air Edward Stratemeyer
  • They think that I am fooling when I blaze away with both barrels at them.

    The Fall of the Year Dallas Lore Sharp
  • But they cannot blaze away at any passer-by merely because he is, or resembles, an Asiatic.

    Number Seventeen Louis Tracy
  • But during this our eyes never left the ditch and our rifles were ready to blaze away at the first sign of movement.

    Wings of the Wind Credo Harris
  • If you get excited and blaze away anyhow, you are quite as likely to hit me as you are the tiger.

    Rujub, the Juggler G. A. Henty
  • blaze away into the bushes, durn yer, for thar is game thar ter kill!

    Buffalo Bill's Spy Trailer Colonel Prentiss Ingraham
British Dictionary definitions for blaze away


a strong fire or flame
a very bright light or glare
an outburst (of passion, acclaim, patriotism, etc)
brilliance; brightness
verb (intransitive)
to burn fiercely
to shine brightly
(often foll by up) to become stirred, as with anger or excitement
(usually foll by away) to shoot continuously
See also blazes
Word Origin
Old English blæse


a mark, usually indicating a path, made on a tree, esp by chipping off the bark
a light-coloured marking on the face of a domestic animal, esp a horse
verb (transitive)
to indicate or mark (a tree, path, etc) with a blaze
blaze a trail, to explore new territories, areas of knowledge, etc, in such a way that others can follow
Word Origin
C17: probably from Middle Low German bles white marking; compare blemish


(transitive) often foll by abroad. to make widely known; proclaim
Word Origin
C14: from Middle Dutch blāsen, from Old High German blāsan; related to Old Norse blāsa
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Word Origin and History for blaze away



"bright flame, fire," Old English blæse "a torch, flame, firebrand, lamp," from Proto-Germanic *blas- "shining, white" (cf. Old Saxon blas "white, whitish," Middle High German blas "bald," originally "white, shining," Old High German blas-ros "horse with a white spot," Middle Dutch and Dutch bles, German Blesse "white spot," blass "pale, whitish"), from PIE root *bhel- (1) "to shine, flash, burn" (see bleach (v.)).

"light-colored mark or spot," 1630s, northern English dialect, probably from Old Norse blesi "white spot on a horse's face" (from the same root as blaze (n.1)). A Low German cognate of the Norse word also has been suggested as the source. Applied 1660s in American English to marks cut on tree trunks to indicate a track; thus the verb meaning "to mark a trail;" first recorded 1750, American English. Related: Blazed; blazing.


"to burn brightly or vigorously," c.1200, from blaze (n.1). Related: Blazed; blazing.

"make public" (often in a bad sense, boastfully), late 14c., perhaps from Middle Dutch blasen "to blow" (on a trumpet), from Proto-Germanic *blaes-an (cf. German blasen, Gothic -blesan), from PIE *bhle-, variant of root *bhel- (2) "to blow, inflate, swell" (see bole).

"to mark" (a tree, a trail), 1750, American English; see blaze (n.2).

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Slang definitions & phrases for blaze away

blaze away

verb phrase

To shoot at, either literally or figuratively: The cops blazed away at the villains/ The candidates blazed away on television and radio (1770s+)



  1. To speed; rush; barrel: She blazed around in it like Chuck Yeager, but it scared me half to death (1980s+)
  2. To leave; book, split (1980s+ Teenagers)
  3. To set alight, esp a marijuana cigarette

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