flare–up

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noun \-ˌəp\

Definition of flare–up

  1. 1 :  a sudden outburst or intensification

  2. 2 :  a sudden bursting (as of a smoldering fire) into flame or light

  3. 3 :  a sudden outburst of or increase in the symptoms of a disease or condition

1839

First Known Use of flare–up

1839


FLARE–UP Defined for English Language Learners

flare–up

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noun \-ˌəp\

Definition of flare–up for English Language Learners

  • : 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


Medical Dictionary

flare–up

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noun \-ˌəp\

Medical Definition of flare–up

  1. :  a sudden appearance or worsening of the symptoms of a disease or condition <an asthmatic flare–up>


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