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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR SPARKS

It is a wonder that the sparks did not fly, the Devil struck so hard on the hot iron.

The grindstone was soon in motion; the sparks were flying off in showers.

Wherever he has gone he has left some sparks of his own genial enthusiasm.

Then a shower of sparks rose high in the air and the conflagration subsided.

You have blown out the sparks of love and kindliness, and have for ever robbed the Universe.

Showers of sparks and sheets of flame were leaping and streaming into the sky.

I want one of these sparks, if I can persuade it to do so, to fall on my tinder.

I want you to ask yourselves, Where do the sparks come from?

I take the steel and the flint, and striking them together I get sparks.

He dropped the cigarette, set his foot on it, crushed it to sparks on the floor.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English spearca, from Proto-Germanic *spark- (cf. Middle Low German sparke, Middle Dutch spranke, not found in other Germanic languages). Electrical sense dates from 1748. Slang sense of "a gallant, a beau, a lover" (c.1600) is perhaps a figurative use, but also perhaps from cognate Old Norse sparkr "lively." Spark plug first recorded 1903 (sparking plug is from 1902); figurative sense of "one who initiates or is a driving force in some activity" is from 1941.

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