A lengthy exchange of angry or abusive messages between users of an online forum or other discussion area.
- I'll bet those quotes were cut and pasted from an IRC channel during a teenage geek flame war.
- This conversation has almost turned out into a fully fledged flame war.
- The irony is that if two users in a flame war met face to face, they would most likely get on famously, especially as the heat of debate is far easily settled across a table than across a cable.
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