sparks fly

idiom

1
used to say that two people are having an argument with each other
The sparks flew when he arrived late for her special dinner.
2
used to say that two people are sexually attracted to each other
Sparks flew when they met for the first time.

Examples of sparks fly in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web When Emily’s job puts her in the path of railroad magnate and police detective Zach Denholm, sparks fly. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, 29 Feb. 2024 But when Kristine comes home at an inopportune moment and threatens to erase all the social progress Doris has made, the mother-daughter conflict sparks fly. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, 23 Jan. 2024 Stir the grated mound of Parmigiano-Reggiano into the soy-heavy sauce bathing the ravioli, and the umami sparks fly. Bill Addison, Los Angeles Times, 12 Oct. 2023 More than just a setting to let sparks fly, this Caribbean gem is also a great place to bring kids thanks to properties with kids clubs, sparkling swimming pools, and direct ocean access. Lindsay Cohn, Travel + Leisure, 26 Sep. 2023 But when a pop star hosts the show, sparks fly and complications ensue. Washington Post Editors and Reviewers, Washington Post, 26 May 2023 In the video, a Toyota Avalon sedan speeds down the street, spinning in circles as sparks fly underneath the vehicle. Emily Sweeney, BostonGlobe.com, 31 Aug. 2023 Before a largely white, partisan crowd in Des Moines, Iowa, on Saturday, Mr. Scott had promised his appearance would make sparks fly, but in the end, the senator and the co-hosts largely spoke past one another. Jonathan Weisman, New York Times, 5 June 2023 The two meet by chance when Luke stumbles into a London nightclub where Aysha is performing, and sparks fly until Luke realizes Aysha is not a cis woman. Angie Han, The Hollywood Reporter, 8 Sep. 2023 See More

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“Sparks fly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sparks%20fly. Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

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