flame war

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flame war (plural flame wars)

  1. (Internet) An argument consisting entirely or largely of flames by various parties that serve only to escalate the dispute.
    • 2008 July 12, Megan McArdle, “Note to trolls”, in The Atlantic[1]:
      Remember, Smokey the Bear says, "Only you can prevent flame wars".
    • 2019, Kamran Amini, Extreme C, Packt Publishing Ltd, →ISBN, page 362:
      That post was the starting point for a flame war between Linux creator Linus Torvalds and Tanenbaum and a bunch of other enthusiasts, who later became the first Linux developers.


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