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Phrasal Verbs

flare up

This page is about the phrasal verb 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

a. take some medicine

b. go to a nice restaurant

c. buy bigger clothes

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