set on fire

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set on fire

  1. Also, set fire to. Cause to ignite and burn, as in The drought and high wind combined to set the woods on fire. [c. 1400]

  2. Cause to become excited, as in The music set the audience on fire. Also see catch fire; set the world on fire.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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