In flames glowing with light or passion ablaze
- keenly excited (especially intimately) or suggesting excitement
- lighted up by or as by fire or flame
- Inflames; radiant with light or enthusiasm; ablaze.
1550s, from a- "on" (see a- (1)) + flame (n.). Figurative use by 1856.
(adv. & a.) Inflames; glowing with light or enthusiasm; ablaze.
His hearers expected a story of how beside himself and all aflame with excitement, he had flown like a storm at the square, cut his way in, slashed right and left, how his saber had tasted flesh and he had fallen exhausted, and so on.