spread like wildfire


: to become known very quickly
The news spread like wildfire.

Examples of spread like wildfire in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Reminiscent of 1968, when the country was also in the midst of great civil unrest, and protests against the Vietnam War spread like wildfire across the country, college campuses are again the epicenter of protests driven by the far left, which have rapidly spiraled out of control. Douglas Schoen, Orange County Register, 3 May 2024 News of the ban spread like wildfire after an X user posted a photo of DeSantis last year during a campaign visit to a meat facility in southern Iowa. Amanda Gerut, Fortune, 3 May 2024 The concern quickly spiraled into conspiracy theories, which spread like wildfire across social media. Sam Reed, Glamour, 22 Mar. 2024 Social media posts spread like wildfire, claiming that these settings give strangers access to your personal information and entries. Kim Komando, USA TODAY, 28 Mar. 2024 Your choices spread like wildfire–person to person, social feed to social feed (#layoffs on TikTok has over 400 million views). Ann Kowal Smith, Forbes, 13 Feb. 2024 The claim wasn’t true, but the fake post spread like wildfire on the internet. Trey Yingst, The Hollywood Reporter, 7 Dec. 2023 Word of Anderson’s death spread like wildfire among retail pharmacists. USA TODAY, 8 Feb. 2024 The fake images of Taylor Swift that spread like wildfire on social media in late January likely began as a chatroom challenge to bypass filters meant to stop people from creating pornography with artificial intelligence, a new study finds. Kate Gibson, CBS News, 5 Feb. 2024

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