flare-up

noun
\ ˈfler-ˌəp How to pronounce flare-up (audio) \

Definition of flare-up

1 : a sudden outburst or intensification a flare-up of hostilities
2 : a sudden bursting (as of a smoldering fire) into flame or light a danger of flare-ups
3 : a sudden appearance or worsening of the symptoms of a disease or condition an asthmatic flare-up

First Known Use of flare-up

1839, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Flare-up.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flare-up. Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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flare-up

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How to pronounce flare-up (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of flare-up

: a sudden occurrence of flame
: a sudden occurrence or expression of anger
: an occurrence in which something (such as violence or a disease) suddenly begins or becomes worse

flare-up

noun
\ -ˌəp How to pronounce flare-up (audio) \

Medical Definition of flare-up

: a sudden appearance or worsening of the symptoms of a disease or condition an asthmatic flare-up

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