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flare up

Meaning: If something like a conflict or an illness flares up, it suddenly becomes worse.

Synonym: erupt

For example:

  • flare up Julia's skin condition flares up whenever she gets stressed out by something.

  • flare up It can be dangerous in this city. Fighting among street gangs can flare up at any time.

Quick Quiz:

Whenever her stomach condition flares up, Janet has to
  1. take some medicine
  2. go to a nice restaurant
  3. buy bigger clothes

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