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set fire to | set on fire

This page is about the collocation set fire to | set on fire

collocation pattern: verb + noun

Meaning

to make something start burning

For example

  • During the riots, several cars were set on fire.

  • The kids were playing with matches when they set fire to the curtains.

Quick Quiz

You can set fire to something, or set it on fire, with

a. a fire extinguisher

b. a cigarette lighter

c. a fire fighter

Contributor: Matt Errey