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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