sparks fly

Idiom Definition 1

Idiom Definition - sparks fly

"sparks fly"

a heated, lively or angry argument


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Idiom Definition 2

Idiom Definition - sparks fly

"sparks fly"

a strong, mutual romantic attraction


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - sparks fly

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  It was inevitable that those two would get into a serious argument.

Colleague 2:  I agree. They both hold such strong, diametrically opposing beliefs.

Colleague 1:  And didn't the sparks fly when they finally decided to confront one another at the staff meeting?

Colleague 2:  It was something to see. Their argument became so intense I thought they might actually get into a physical fight.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - sparks fly

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  I just knew that if we could get Debbie and Ralph together that they would really like each other.

Friend 2:  But did you expect the sparks to fly the way they did?

Friend 1:  Amazing that they fell in love almost instantly and were married only six months later.

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sparks fly - Gerund Form:

There is no gerund form for sparks fly.

sparks fly - Examples:

1)  And she said viewers can expect a bit of drama, as sparks fly when the truth about her affair with Paul comes out. 

2)  Sparks fly as protesters clash with police right before the inauguration parade.

3)  That hearing is also expected to see sparks fly, with Democrats pressing Price for answers about his financial investments.

4)  The couples now have dinner in the hotel and, if sparks fly, they can agree to have a proper date the following day.

5)  ... know how to stir up a situation I think we are going to see some sparks fly here.

6)  Sparks fly: The couple became romantically entangled on the set of ...

7)  These conflicting forces come together with a satisfying thud and sparks fly

8)  According to formula, when they first encounter one another sparks fly, but they're argumentative and full of aggression.

9)  ... in the confrontation scene, but the way the intuitive warring vixens make the dramatic sparks fly will linger with you long after you've left the cinema. 

10)  ... with his verbal attacks on the US. It would be interesting to see the sparks fly when the two firebrands exchange colorful language.

11)  They began dating after sparks flew at last year's Golden Globe awards.

12)  When I saw her, sparks flew and it was love at first sight.

13)  After sparks flew, the pair embarked on an intense year-long affair.

14)  Sparks flew when Sarkozy was asked about fresh claims that he received millions in funding from ...

15)  Reports say that sparks flew between the pair on set - both deny any claims of a fledgling romance.

16)  Sparks flew just minutes into the debate as Mr Trump went on the offensive by criticising ...

17)  ... there was an instant attraction, sparks flew and the lady fell for the acclaimed golfer.

18)  The chief minister's statements in sharp terms infuriated the opposition and sparks flew in the air as strongly worded arguments followed.

19)  An action-packed day on the EU referendum campaign trail closed tonight as sparks flew in the first full TV debate.

20)  ... and so naturally sparks flew as these two titans traded blows.