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firework

[fahyuh r-wurk] /ˈfaɪərˌwɜrk/
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.
  1. a pyrotechnic display.
  2. a display of violent temper or fierce activity.
  3. any spectacular display, especially of wit or of a technical feat by a musician or dancer.
Origin of firework
1550-1560
1550-60; fire + work
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  • Imagine an interlude here for fireworks, followed by pertinent questions.

    Fore! Charles Emmett Van Loan
  • The fireworks Music was scored for fifty-six wind instruments.

    Handel Edward J. Dent
  • She next met Pétia and a companion, both very full of some fireworks which were to be let off that evening.

  • These dismal shells, when they burst in the air, were like the fireworks at a fte.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
  • fireworks were discharged, to express, so the newspapers said, the inexpressible love of the people for princes and princesses.

    Walter Pieterse Multatuli
British Dictionary definitions for fireworks

fireworks

/ˈfaɪəˌwɜːks/
plural noun
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

firework

/ˈfaɪəˌwɜːk/
noun
1.
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
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Word Origin and History for fireworks
n.

1570s, from fire (n.) + works (see work (n.)).

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Slang definitions & phrases for fireworks

fireworks

noun

  1. Excitement; furor; noisy fuss; hoopla: speeches that would produce the ''fireworks'' supporters have demanded (1883+)
  2. nger; quarrels; rancorous rhetoric (1880s+)
  3. Shooting; gunfire or cannon fire: The riot ended when the National Guard showed up and the fireworks began (1860s+)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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