flame war


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flame war

An online discussion on a newsgroup, forum, or thread of blog comments in which debate about a subject degenerates into an exchange of personal insults.
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That said, avoid the urge to argue with a customer who is combative or flinging insults just to start or fuel a flame war.
And the flame war hadn't died down by late Tuesday afternoon, a full day after the Nets-Knicks game, as "Kris Humphries jab" topped the "Trending Now" list on Yahoo
In reproduced manuscript pages showing Fingal's notations in red--and through a back-and-forth between the two that reads more like an Internet flame war than professional correspondence (or is that just a feature of the book's "meta" aspect?