flare-up

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flare-up
 
n
1.  a sudden burst of fire or light
2.  informal a sudden burst of emotion or violence
 
vb
3.  to burst suddenly into fire or light
4.  informal to burst into anger

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flare-up

noun
a sudden intense happening; "an outburst of heavy rain"; "a burst of lightning" [syn: outburst
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