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Synonyms of flare in English:


  • 1 the flare of the match lit up his face
    blaze, flash, dazzle, glare, burst;
    unsteady flame, flicker, glimmer, shimmer, gleam
  • 2 a helicopter spotted a flare set off by the crew
    distress signal, rocket, Very light, beacon, light, flashlight, signal
  • 3 Kelly felt a flare of anger within her
    burst, rush, attack, eruption, explosion, bout, spasm
    rare access
  • 4 a skirt with a flare
    widening, spread
  • verb

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  • 1 a match flared as he lit a cigarette
    blaze, flash, flare up, flame, burn unsteadily, burn violently, burn up;
  • 2 her nostrils flared
    spread, broaden, widen, get wider, expand, splay;
  • Phrases

    flare up
  • 1 the wooden houses flared up like matchsticks
    burn, blaze, be ablaze, be alight, be on fire, be in flames, flame, be aflame;
    literary be afire
    archaic be ardent
  • 2 the injury flared up again at the end of the year
    recur, reoccur, reappear;
    break out, burst out, start suddenly, burst forth, erupt
  • 3 I flared up at him right off
    lose one's temper, lose control, become enraged, go into a rage, fly into a temper/passion, boil over, boil over with rage, fire up, go berserk, throw a tantrum, explode
    informal blow one's top, fly off the handle, lose one's cool, get mad, go crazy, go wild, go bananas, hit the roof, go through the roof, go up the wall, see red, go off the deep end, blow a fuse/gasket, lose one's rag, go ape, burst a blood vessel, flip, flip one's lid, foam at the mouth, get all steamed up, get worked up, have a fit
    British informal go spare, go crackers, do one's nut, get one's knickers in a twist, throw a wobbly
    North American informal flip one's wig, blow one's lid/stack, have a cow, go postal, have a conniption fit
    vulgar slang go apeshit
    [Antonyms] keep one's temper, remain calm
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