- 1A very large or fiercely burning fire: twenty firemen fought the blazeMore example sentences
- Police suspect arsonists lit about half the blazes and six people have been arrested.
- Authorities are anxious to douse this blaze and begin dealing with its aftermath.
- There's already six aircraft that have been battling this blaze for the last few hours.
- 1.1 [in singular] A very bright display of light or colour: the gardens in summer are a blaze of colourMore example sentences
- It is breathtaking, and brings the city into a blaze of colour on a cold winter's night.
- As my eyes adjusted, to the new world around me, everything was a glare then a blaze of ambers.
- The lonely front door comes alive in a red and yellow blaze, the reflection of a gas station sign.
- 1.2 [in singular] A conspicuous display or outburst of something: their relationship broke up in a blaze of publicityMore example sentences
- The poky Austrian farm building is filled with a blaze of noise, colour and light.
- This is where my last vestiges of immaturity come out in final blaze of glory.
- An urgent week-long White House effort to stop the blaze of anger has had some success.
- 2 (blazes) • informal Used in various expressions of anger, bewilderment, or surprise as a euphemism for ‘hell’: ‘Go to blazes!’ he shouted what the blazes are you all talking about?[with reference to the flames associated with hell]More example sentences
- How in blue blazes am I to know where this program gets its data from?
- The only problem is, how in blue blazes do I wait so long for the movie to be showing somewhere near me?
- How in blue blazes were you supposed to know you'd end up on the wrong side of a Mafia don?
verb[no object] Back to top
- 1Burn fiercely or brightly: the fire blazed merrilyMore example sentences
- A fire blazing brightly in the fireplace meant warmth and comfort but at a deeper level also meant survival and the perpetuation of life itself.
- Fire still blazed fiercely in front of the small family, preventing any form of escape.
- Also notable are the fire barrels that blaze brightly during the nocturnal hours.
- 1.1 (blaze up) Burst into flame: he attacked the fire with poker and tongs until it blazed upMore example sentences
- When a steady flame blazed up in the kerosene lantern James had been carrying, Pilate's strong hand shoved Ivan into the cool darkness.
- Flames immediately blazed up and filled the den with warmth.
- The fire was brought under control only to blaze up again on Wednesday.
- 1.2Shine brightly or powerfully: the sun blazed down • figurative Barbara’s eyes were blazing with angerMore example sentences
- Outside, the sun blazed down from a shimmering sky, as it had for most of the day.
- Suddenly, a light blazes forth from the center of the symbol on the table, shaped like an eye.
- The city of Tokyo was blazing with high flashing lights of red, blue, white, and yellow.
- 2Fire a gun repeatedly or indiscriminately: they stormed with main entrance with guns blazingMore example sentences
- Then, in another few seconds, he was joined by the two agents that had come with the Lieutenant Governor, and they blazed away with their riot guns in the same direction.
- Occasionally, on the outskirts of the isolated impact area, you could hear tanks firing machine guns and blazing their cannons.
- A tank, guns blazing, fills the downtown of Jenin with a diesel smokescreen to enforce a curfew order.
- 3 • informal Achieve something in an impressive manner: she blazed to a gold medal in the 200-metre sprintMore example sentences
- As a receiver, Berrian can leap over defenders to pull down a ball or he can blaze past them for a gamebreaking score with his incredible speed.
- Now blazing up the airwaves, the girls are preparing themselves for the deal that will take them through to the big time.
- You should be able to check this game out rather cheap, it's not new and I don't think it blazed up the charts.
- 3.1 [with object] Hit (a ball) with impressive strength: he blazed a drive into the roughMore example sentences
- Less than 30 seconds later, Pires picks the ball up in the centre of the pitch, edges left to right slightly, leaves two Roma defenders sprawling on the floor, and blazes the ball over the bar.
- He seemed a little surprised that the ball managed to find its way through and snatched at the chance as he blazed the ball over from eight yards.
- On the turnover, it was Tallow who made the impressive start as Colm Geary raced in only to blaze the ball over the bar with the goal at his mercy.
- 4 • informal Smoke cannabis.More example sentences
- I don't think they bargained for Twink hissing at Paddy O'Gorman or the post-Celebrity Farm hoo-ha about Kevin Sharkey blazing up a doobie in the loo as an example of Irish culture that should be shared with the wider world.
- We are a nation of quiet stoners, blazing up and smoking out in peace and harmony.
- When I blaze up a doobie, all that happens is I get extremely hungry and mostly sit around giggling at pretty much everything!
- • informal Very fast or forcefully: I ran like blazes homewards[see sense 2 of the noun]More example sentences
- It works like blazes, 'cause the energy in both songs is, amazingly, equivalent.
- They perform mundane services in much of the world, and make a ton of money in the process - and they are growing like blazes.
- We would soon let him know what we thought, and argue like blazes about it.
with all guns blazing
- • informal With great but reckless determination and energy: they went for him with all guns blazingMore example sentences
- In his current incarnation, Henman is determined to go down with all guns blazing.
- We are not going to go in all guns blazing and say, take it or leave it.
- With a very lackluster record of past accomplishment, Lam roared into town with guns blazing.
Old English blæse 'torch, bright fire', of Germanic origin; related ultimately to blaze2.
- 1A white spot or stripe on the face of a mammal or bird.More example sentences
- Blenheims are chestnut and white, with chestnut ears and a white blaze between the eyes and ears.
- Many beagles have a white blaze on the face, but a solid tan face is common, too.
- The white blaze had always been there, from the tip of her nose between her ears and down her back.
- 1.1A broad white stripe running the length of a horse’s face.More example sentences
- He's absolutely beautiful: rich chocolate brown fur, a black mane and tail, plus a long white blaze on his nose.
- As Johnson had said, there was another mage riding a black stallion with a white blaze on his nose.
- She's a beauty too, all red with a black mane and tail and a white blaze.
- 2A mark made on a tree by cutting the bark so as to mark a route.More example sentences
- The main difference is that the inscriptions on blazes in pine trees in Scandinavia have a longer duration than the inscriptions on the bark of deciduous trees by the Basque herders.
- He marked it with his blaze and registered it in his database.
- White, rectangular paint blazes mark the Appalachian Trail from Maine to Georgia.
verb(blaze a trail) Back to top
- 1Set an example by being the first to do something; pioneer: small firms would set the pace, blazing a trail for others to followMore example sentences
- It blazed a trail of such examples of suffering and sacrifice for public causes and this considerably helped accelerate the pace of the Indian nationalist struggle.
- These pioneers have blazed a trail for all who will follow.
- Our perseverance and pioneering spirit in blazing a trail nobody has ever trodden before is no doubt admirable.
- 2Mark out a path or route: tourists haven’t blazed a trail to the top of this hillMore example sentences
- In this game, a runner or group of runners blazed a trail and marked it by leaving paper markers, or anything else suitable, along the route.
- A hare is be given a short head start to blaze a trail, marking his devious way with shreds of paper, soon to be pursued by a shouting pack of harriers.
- The North Sea Cycle Route officially opened yesterday as two German cyclists blazed a trail into the city, making the inaugural journey on the route.
- Present or proclaim (news) in a prominent, typically sensational, manner: ‘Pop stars and drugs’ blazed the headlineMore example sentences
- Headlines blazed that the debt rose 36% in January, which was said to be evidence of rising consumer confidence.
- Across the nation and around the free world this week the headlines blazed a New Year's warning to world Communism: the U.S. would tolerate no Communist move into any part of the Middle East, and would fight, if necessary, to prevent it.
- Meanwhile, the headlines in the newspapers blazed MUTILATOR STRIKES AGAIN.
late Middle English (in the sense 'blow out on a trumpet'): from Middle Low German or Middle Dutch blāzen 'to blow'; related to blow1.