blaze1 [bleız] n
3 blaze of publicity/glory
5 what the blazes/who the blazes etc
6 like blazes
[Sense: 1-6; Origin: Old English blAse 'torch']
[Sense: 7; Date: 1600-1700; : German; Origin: blas 'white mark']
1.) ¦(FIRE)¦
a) [C usually singular]
a big dangerous fire - used especially in news reports
It took almost 100 firemen to bring the blaze under control.
fight/tackle/control a blaze
Helicopters were used to help fight the blaze.
house/factory/barn etc blaze
a huge chemical factory blaze
b) [singular]
a fire burning with strong bright flames
I lit the fire and soon had a cheerful blaze going.
2.) ¦(LIGHT/COLOUR)¦ [singular]
very bright light or colour
→↑ablaze blaze of
the blaze of light from the security lamps
The garden is a blaze of colour at this time of year.
3.) blaze of publicity/glory
a lot of public attention or success and praise
As soon as the trial was over, the blaze of publicity surrounding him vanished.
She played the Canada tournament then retired, going out in a blaze of glory (=ending her career with a lot of success and praise) .
4.) [singular]
a sudden show of very strong emotion
A blaze of anger flashed across his face.
5.) what the blazes/who the blazes etc
old-fashioned spoken used to emphasize a question when you are annoyed
What the blazes is going on here?
6.) like blazes
old-fashioned spoken as fast, as much, or as strongly as possible
We had to run like blazes.
7.) [C usually singular]
a white mark, especially one down the front of a horse's face
blaze 2
blaze2 v
5 blaze a trail
6 be blazed across/all over something
[Sense: 1-4, 6; Date: 1200-1300; Origin: BLAZE11]
[Sense: 5; Date: 1700-1800; Origin: blaze [i]'mark showing a path to be followed, made by cutting a piece from a tree' (17-20 centuries); BLAZE17]
1.) ¦(FIRE)¦
to burn very brightly and strongly
The room was warm and cosy, with a fire blazing in the hearth.
2.) ¦(LIGHT)¦
to shine with a very bright light
A huge truck was advancing towards us, its headlights blazing.
The sun blazed down as we walked along the valley.
3.) ¦(EYES)¦ [usually in progressive]
literary if someone's eyes are blazing, their eyes are shining brightly because they are feeling a very strong emotion, usually anger
blaze with
Linda leapt to her feet, her dark eyes blazing with anger.
4.) ¦(GUN)¦ also blaze away
if guns blaze, they fire bullets quickly and continuously
An enemy plane roared overhead, its guns blazing.
5.) blaze a trail
to develop or do something new and important, or to do something important that no one has done before
an innovative young company that has blazed a trail for others to follow
6.) be blazed across/all over sth
if something is blazed across a newspaper etc, it is written in a way that everyone will notice
News of their divorce was blazed across all the tabloids.

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