1 fire, blaze; conflagration:
The flame began to lick about my feet.
2 passion, fervour, ardour, intensity, warmth, fire, zeal, feverishness, enthusiasm, eagerness:
The flame of love is still burning.
3 boyfriend, girlfriend, lover, heartthrob, sweetheart, beau:
Linda is an old flame of Trevor's.
4 burn, blaze, glow, flare:
Flaming embers from the chimney set fire to the roof. Here and there civil unrest flamed up in the countryside.
1 hot bright stream of fire
hot | small | bright | pale | dancing, flickering, leaping | steady | naked
Never smoke or use spray paint near a naked flame.
| candle, gas | Olympic
ball, sheet, tongue
The plane crashed in a ball of flames. Sheets of flame shot into the air.
VERB + FLAME
(often figurative) His childhood interest in the game had ignited a flame of passion for football.
(often figurative) They tried to rekindle the flames of romance.
| douse, extinguish, quench, snuff (out) | feel
(often figurative) She felt a flame of anger flicker and grow.
FLAME + VERB
The flame burnt brightly.
| grow | die, go out
The candle flame flickered and went out.
| leap, rise, shoot
Flames leapt from the burning house. Flames shot high into the air.
| lick (sth)
Orange flames were already licking round the foot of the stairs.
| dance, flicker
Flames danced in the gas lantern.
FLAME + NOUN
The infantry were equipped with flame throwers.
the crackle of flames 2 flames
VERB + FLAME
be engulfed in, be in
A large part of the building was in flames.
| go up in
All the historical records have gone up in flames (= have been destroyed by fire).
| burst into, erupt in, explode in/into
The helicopter burst into flames.
Oxygen tanks fuelled the flames.
Winds fanned the flames.
| shoot sb/sth down in
The aircraft was shot down in flames.
He fought the flames for two hours.
Firefighters have been trying to control the flames.
| douse, extinguish, put out, quench, smother
Men came with buckets of water and began to douse the flames.
| be beaten back by
They tried to get into to the house but were beaten back by the flames.
FLAME + VERB
die down | spread, sweep through sth
They watched the flames sweep through the old wooden barn.
| engulf sth
The flames quickly spread and engulfed their home.
| light sth (up)
The flames lit up the skyline.
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