A sudden outburst of anger; a gas-jet or other ignitible body flares up when lighted with a sudden blaze.
(A). A rumpus or row. Also a banquet or jovial treat. The first meaning is simply the substantive of the verb. The second meaning refers to dazzle and “splendour” displayed.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894