Days after the controversy first flared, feelings about the ad were still raw in the evangelical community.
A highlight was the lone feline gender-bender: a brown male Bengal wearing a flared party skirt.
Resistance to “The Star-Spangled Banner” also flared among blacks, pacifists, and advocates of temperance.
mid-16c., originally "spread out" (hair), of unknown origin, perhaps from Dutch vlederen. Related: Flared; flaring. The notion of "spreading out in display" is behind the notion of "spreading gradually outward" (1640s). Flare-up "a sudden burst" is from 1837.
"bright, unsteady light," 1814, from flare (v.), which led to the sense of "signal fire" (1883). Flares "flared trousers" is from 1964.
An area of redness on the skin surrounding the primary site of infection or irritation.