Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts


1) a device containing gunpowder used for display or in celebration
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    • the fireworks display was spectacular
  • Analysis
     'Fireworks' are used in colourful displays usually for celebrations such as Halloween, New Year's Eve or special occasions. Fireworks are made from gunpowder and are often colourful.
  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. There was a spectacular fireworks display at midnight on New Year's Eve.
    2. The newly-married couple organised fireworks at the hotel on the night of their wedding.
    3. Disneyland has a fireworks display every night. It's beautiful!
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. The event will conclude with a specially choreographed fireworks display.
    2. We are restricted with the markets we can sell to as there are so many restrictions on fireworks in many regions.
2) an outburst of anger, trouble
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    • there were fireworks between the men/women
  • Analysis
     As a colloquial informal expression to say 'there were fireworks' means there was angry shouting between people. 
  • Social Examples (Advance)
    1. Whenever the two angry men sat beside each other in the pub, there were bound to be fireworks.
    2. The fireworks between the women began when one accused the other of stealing.
  • Professional Examples (Advance)
    1. There will be fireworks if we seat the competitors near each other at the event, so make sure you keep them well apart.
    2. There were fireworks after the Ministers speech. His comments enraged large numbers of the public.
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