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 Flare-up (A).Flash Men and Flash Notes. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Flash.
 
A mere flash in the pan. All sound and fury, signifying nothing; like the attempt to discharge a gun that ends with a flash in the lock-pan, the gun itself “hanging fire.”   1
 


 Flare-up (A).Flash Men and Flash Notes. 

 
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