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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
1550-1560
1550-60; fire + work
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Examples from the web for fireworks
  • 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.
  • Party officials working on one element of the program, the nighttime fireworks display, had a particular request of the designers.
  • It had not yet been completed when the fireworks display ignited the building's open shell.
  • Consider attending a professional fireworks display in place of lighting personal fireworks.
  • At its head marched an enormous bull, balancing a tiny devil between his horns, from which shot fireworks.
  • To make another example, say someone foolishly ignites a huge pile of fireworks.
  • There are fireworks at the end, but by then the hopes are fizzling away.
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.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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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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