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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR FLARE

She appeared to struggle against a flare of her old rebellious spirit.

The flare, they said, was caused by the release of another meteor!

If I should try just once to tell her what she ought to do she'd flare up like a bonfire.

There was the flare of a match, and he sat back again, exhaling a long puff.

Then he remembered that the flare might have scorched her face, and expressed his concern.

I think it is only fair that you should know it, but you need not flare up.

There is wide discontent with our rule which needs only a leader to flare up.

They can arc over and flare back in a real hurry if things get in their fields.

He blinked uncertainly at the flare and turned his head from it.

He awoke to find himself staring into the flare of a flashlight.

WORD ORIGIN

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.

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