firework

[fahyuhr-wurk]
noun
1.
Often, fireworks. a combustible or explosive device for producing a striking display of light or a loud noise, used for signaling or as part of a celebration.
2.
fireworks.
a.
a pyrotechnic display.
b.
a display of violent temper or fierce activity.
c.
any spectacular display, especially of wit or of a technical feat by a musician or dancer.

Origin:
1550–60; fire + work

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firework (ˈfaɪəˌwɜːk)
 
n
a device, such as a Catherine wheel, Roman candle, or rocket, in which combustible materials are ignited and produce coloured flames, sparks, and smoke, sometimes accompanied by bangs

fireworks (ˈfaɪəˌwɜːks)
 
pl n
1.  a show in which large numbers of fireworks are let off simultaneously
2.  informal an exciting or spectacular exhibition, as of musical virtuosity or wit
3.  informal a burst of temper

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fireworks
1570s, from fire (n.) + works.
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fireworks definition


  1. n.
    excitement. : When the fireworks are over, come in and we'll talk.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
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Example sentences
You're getting a fireworks display of one kind of inventiveness after another.
Instead she has produced a spectacular and enjoyable display of intellectual
  fireworks for the general reader.
But there weren't any wild celebrations, fireworks or any other
  government-sponsored hoopla to mark the milestone.
The celebrations include parades with floats and dancing, colorful costumes and
  fireworks.
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