Definition of go up in flames in English:

go up in flames


  • Be destroyed by fire.

    ‘last night two factories went up in flames’
    • ‘It's still not known how much of them went up in flames, or exactly what else was in the fire.’
    • ‘Months of work went up in flames in a fire which forced a Swindon school to close for the day.’
    • ‘And fire officials say that was crucial, because the plane went up in flames, they estimate, just about a minute to two minutes after that.’
    • ‘Firefighters were tackling a huge blaze at a Bradford packaging factory today - more than 12 hours after it went up in flames.’
    • ‘The building went up in flames on Wednesday evening and parts of the factory were still smouldering today.’
    • ‘Trees went up in flames, and fire crackled and burst and shot high into the sky.’
    • ‘Most of the sofas are not made of fire retardant materials - one went up in flames within 30 seconds of cigarette contact and became a ‘roaring inferno’ in three minutes.’
    • ‘In winter, a vacant house goes up in flames, as kids or drug addicts light fires for fun or for heat.’
    • ‘The western part of the city in particular has been constantly pounded by Russian artillery, and factories and apartment blocks go up in flames after air raids.’
    • ‘Minutes after they escaped, there was a fire flashover and the whole building went up in flames.’
    burn, blaze, be ablaze, be alight, be on fire, be in flames, flame, be aflame
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