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set the Thames alight

To do wonderful or exciting things; to cause a great or remarkable sensation in the world; to be extremely exciting, popular, famous, renowned, etc. (Refers to the Thames river in London. Often used in the negative to indicate the opposite.) Primarily heard in UK. I wouldn't be too concerned with what he thinks of you. For all his money and education, he's hardly setting the Thames alight, is he? When she was a child, Janet dreamed of setting the Thames alight as a famous actress.
See also: alight, set, Thames

set the Thames on fire

To do wonderful or exciting things; to cause a great or remarkable sensation in the world; to be extremely exciting, popular, famous, renowned, etc. (Refers to the Thames river in London. Often used in the negative to indicate the opposite.) Primarily heard in UK. I wouldn't be too concerned with what he thinks of you. For all his money and education, he's hardly setting the Thames on fire, is he? When she was a child, Janet dreamed of setting the Thames on fire as a famous actress.
See also: fire, on, set, Thames

not set the Thames on fire

If you say that someone or something won't set the Thames on fire, you mean that they are not very exciting and are not likely to be extremely successful. None of these dishes would set the Thames on fire, but they were well prepared and good value for money. Note: You can replace Thames with the name of another river. They both had fairly successful careers in North America, without exactly setting the Hudson River on fire.
See also: fire, not, on, set, Thames
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On Saturday we completed our assessment and prioritisation of the damage to the Thames Coast Road.
2bn Thames Tideway Tunnel is currently the largest infrastructure project to be undertaken by the UK water industry and will tackle sewage pollution in the tidal River Thames.
Take a tour of the Houses of Parliament, which combines history, architecture and modern day politics, followed by a unique opportunity to enjoy afternoon tea in the House of Commons, overlooking the Thames.
Q When was the last time the Thames flooded in London?
Thames Water has revealed that it aims to hike prices by 11%, between 2015 and 2020, despite the regulator vetoing its earlier attempt to increase prices by 8% over the coming year.
Omega Events 3 days by Coach from New Year Dine & Cruise on the River Thames aboard a Thames Clipper PS329.
GREEDY Thames Water can't jack up bills by another PS29 per household, a watchdog ruled yesterday.
THE affluent London borough of Richmond upon Thames has the highest healthy life expectancy for men and women in England while Manchester has the lowest for men, according to new figures.
Or Martin Baggs, boss of Thames Water, who trousers PS450,000 a year plus a PS274,000 bonus and will pocket an extra bonus next month of PS366,000.
11 February 2013 a[euro]" German publishing house Kosmos International GmbH has bought a majority interest in Thames & Kosmos LLC for an undisclosed price, the US children's science kits maker said.
The public can now board Emirates Air Line, the UK's first urban cable car, to cross the River Thames in the British capital.
LITTLE Britain star David Walliams yesterday said he never expected his Thames swim to capture the public imagination in the way it did.
Massive search after Thames boat drama A SEARCH for a crew member missing after a tug capsized and sank on the River Thames in London was called off last night as marine accident experts began an investigation into the accident.
TD Williamson (TDW), a leading supplier of pipeline services and equipment, announced that Bruce Thames has been promoted to the position of vice president (VP)-- Eastern Hemisphere.
The 270 million [pounds sterling] plant will be able to produce 150 million litres of drinking water from the tidal part of the River Thames enough to supply about 400,000 households.