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1‘twenty firemen fought the blaze’
fire, flames, conflagration, inferno, holocaust, firestorm
2‘the blaze of light from the security lamps’
glare, gleam, flash, burst, flare, dazzle, streak, radiance, brilliance, beam, glitter
3‘he left in a blaze of anger’
outburst, burst, eruption, flare-up, explosion, outbreak, blow-up
blast, attack, fit, spasm, paroxysm, access, rush, gale, flood, storm, hurricane, torrent, outpouring, surge, upsurge, spurt, effusion, outflow, outflowing, welling up
rare ebullition, boutade
1‘the fire blazed merrily’
burn, be ablaze, be alight, be on fire, be in flames, flame, be aflame, flare up
literary be afire
archaic be ardent
2‘he drove straight through the crowd, lights blazing’
shine, beam, flash, flare, glare, gleam, glint, dazzle, glitter, glisten, be radiant, burn brightly
3‘soldiers blazed away with sub-machine guns’
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