set fire to

idiom

: to deliberately cause something to burn
Someone set fire to the shack.

Examples of set fire to in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In early May, as light from the rising desert sun seemed to set fire to the towering cliffs of Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area just west of Las Vegas, Honnold pulled up in his electric truck ready to sprint up another sheer rock face. Jack Dolan, Los Angeles Times, 22 May 2024 Three sources from her inner circle told Reuters the decision was taken because a drug cartel set fire to several vehicles shortly before the rally, forcing the federal government to call in the military to restore order. Fox News, 28 May 2024 Britain expelled Russia’s defense attache in May after two British men were accused of working with Russian intelligence services to set fire to a London warehouse. Emma Burrows, Los Angeles Times, 22 May 2024 During World War II, however, Nazi forces deliberately set fire to the Palace on the Isle—and some of the tiles went missing. Sarah Kuta, Smithsonian Magazine, 20 May 2024 As the condition of the property deteriorated, Mayer started to lose sleep that someone might accidentally set fire to the place. Dan Rodricks, Baltimore Sun, 1 Mar. 2024 An armed man believed to have set fire to a synagogue in northwestern France was shot and killed by police on Friday. Elizabeth Pritchett, Fox News, 17 May 2024 Advertisement In an unrelated plot, federal prosecutors also accused Aslanian of using the same former employee to pay someone to set fire to one of his rental properties in North Hollywood. Salvador Hernandez, Los Angeles Times, 7 May 2024 An arsonist set fire to at least 15 police cars at a training facility in northeastern Portland, Oregon, early Thursday morning, authorities said. Emily Mae Czachor, CBS News, 2 May 2024

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“Set fire to.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/set%20fire%20to. Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

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