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1flames‘they could see flames shooting up into the air’
fire, blaze, conflagration, inferno, holocaust, firestorm
2flames‘the flames of her anger’
passion, passionateness, warmth, ardour, fervour, fervency, fire, intensity, keenness
excitement, eagerness, enthusiasm
3‘an old flame’
sweetheart, boyfriend, girlfriend, lover, love, partner, beloved, beau, darling, escort, suitor
British boyf, girlf
1‘logs crackled and flamed’
burn, blaze, be ablaze, be alight, be on fire, be in flames, be aflame
burst into flame, catch fire
2‘pour the whisky over the lobster and flame it’
ignite, light, set light to, set fire to, set on fire, set alight, kindle, inflame, burn, touch off
informal put a match to, set a match to
3‘the log flamed orange and pink behind the trees’
glow, shine, flash, beam, glare, sparkle
4‘Erica's cheeks flamed’
become red, go red, blush, flush, redden, grow crimson, grow pink, grow scarlet, colour, glow, be suffused with colour
‘two ships are in flames’
on fire, burning, alight, flaming, blazing, raging, fiery, lit, lighted, ignited
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