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set the world on fire

Meaning: If you set the world on fire, you do something that creates a lot of excitment and makes you famous.

For example:

  • Bob Marley took Jamaican reggae music and set the world on fire with it.

  • Our drama group's first production didn't exactly set the world on fire, but we learnt a lot while doing it.

Note: This idiom is often used in the negative, as in "he didn't set the world on fire with..."

Quick Quiz:

They really set the world on fire with
  1. their latest bomb attacks
  2. their new style of dance music
  3. their new range of socks

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