set the world alight


chiefly British, informal
: to be very successful and attract a lot of attention
The company is doing all right, but they haven't exactly set the world alight.

Examples of set the world alight in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Hero shots of EVs traveling at slow-poke speeds won’t set the world alight, but marketers might instead hope that coupling drones with cars will soon allow eye-in-the-sky monitoring of traffic snafus, although aviation authorities worldwide would no doubt take their sweet time to sanction such use. Carlton Reid, WIRED, 18 Mar. 2024 The last couple of singles hadn’t really set the world alight. Liza Lentini, Spin, 15 Aug. 2023

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“Set the world alight.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2024.

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