fire-work / fīr-wûrk
1. an explosive device, for entertainment purposes, designed to produce sparks, colored lights and noise
There was a young man of Herne Bay
who was making some fireworks one day:
but he dropped his cigar
in the gunpowder jar.
There was a young man of Herne Bay.
Ogden Nash, 1902 – 1971
2. (fireworks) a showy display of colored lights and noises created by setting off a number of explosive devices designed for such amusement
It’s all flags, fireworks, family, food and fun
That’s July Four
July Five, the fun is done
The fireworks are no more
John Walter Bratton, 1867 – 1947
3. (fireworks) a showy, spectacular display
I want the language to be rich; I love lexical fireworks on the page, but I have to know what it means.
Mal Peet, 1947 – 2015
4. (fireworks) an outburst of anger, bad temper or contention
Fireworks flew as both battled it out to be the Democratic presidential pick.
BBC News post on Facebook, February 5, 2016
5. (fireworks) sudden strong feelings of romantic or lustful desire between two individuals
Sometimes love isn’t fireworks.
From “Love Comes Softly” by Janette Oke, 1935 –