set the world on fire


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

Examples of set the world on fire in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Make a list of your most important desires, be confident in yourself and go forth to set the world on fire. Kyle Thomas, Peoplemag, 12 May 2024 This company isn’t trying to set the world on fire. Miami Staff, Miami Herald, 30 Jan. 2024 Apple’s 2023 Tetris movie didn’t exactly set the world on fire, but had fans seeing falling blocks in their dreams once again. Angela Watercutter, WIRED, 5 Jan. 2024 Loading your audio article The slow dance between Usher and Keke Palmer set the world on fire last month, and now the Grammy-winning R&B icon is finally revealing his thoughts on the whole ordeal. Kyle Denis, Billboard, 7 Aug. 2023 Trade-deadline guys do not need to set the world on fire. Bryce Miller, San Diego Union-Tribune, 2 Aug. 2023 Photo: handout/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images One of the most common tropes in our increasingly alarmist climate debate is that global warming has set the world on fire. Bjorn Lomborg, WSJ, 31 July 2023 So says none other than Sam Altman, whose OpenAI has set the world on fire with the superstar of large language models, GPT. David Meyer, Fortune, 18 Apr. 2023 None have set the world on fire so far, not least because people already have a number of apps at their disposal to handle shopping, communicating and payments. Barbara Ortutay, Anchorage Daily News, 16 Oct. 2022

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“Set the world on fire.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 May. 2024.

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