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catch (on) fire

To begin to burn, usually after being touched by an existing fire. Hey, keep an eye on that pan, I don't want our dinner to catch on fire. I blew out all the candles so, don't worry, the house won't catch fire! I was sitting too close to the fireplace and my sleeve caught on fire!
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catch (on) fire

to ignite and burn with flames. Keep your coat away from the flames, or it will catch fire. The curtains blew against the flame of the candle and caught on fire.
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catch fire

1. Be ignited, as in This wood is dry enough to catch fire. [c. 1600] Also see set on fire.
2. Become inflamed with enthusiasm or passion, as in His ideas caught fire all over the country. [Early 1700s]
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catch fire

If something such as an event or performance catches fire, it becomes exciting, entertaining, and enjoyable. For me, the film never quite catches fire. The play only really catches fire once Aschenbach falls in love.
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catch fire

1 begin to burn. 2 become interesting or exciting.
2 1994 Coloradoan I do not think this is something that's going to catch fire as a trend.
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catch fire

1. To ignite.
2. To become very enthusiastic.
3. To become the subject of great interest and widespread enthusiasm: an idea that caught fire all over the country.
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A fire brigade spokesman said: "It appears the engine caught fire.
But firefighters working to put out the blaze were hampered by runny noses because the trailer, which caught fire on the northbound section of the motorway near Junction 3 at Halesowen at 6.
However, once airborne on the Futura airline, squad members Ruben and Sousa noticed that one of the engines had caught fire and immediately raised the alarm.
The Super Ferry 6 was en route to the capital from the southern city of General Santos with 700 passengers on board when it caught fire before dawn Thursday near the island.
Jakarta [Indonesia], October 26 ( ANI ): At least 27 persons on Thursday were killed and 35 were injured in a firecracker factory which caught fire in the western area of Indonesia's capital of Jakarta.
According to media reports, the van was carrying passengers from Bahria town to Pakistan secretariat, when suddenly it caught fire at zero point on Saturday afternoon.
According to area police the coach was going from Karachi to Shikarpur when it collided with an oil tanker coming from the opposite direction and caught fire.
Summary: Islamabad: Sixteen children and a teacher were killed when their school bus caught fire in .
The tank caught fire early Saturday morning in Huachen Energy Depot.
oThe boat caught fire while it was being refuelled at the filling station.
A wooden chopping board was left on an oven ring at a house in Benjamin Road, Wrexham, and caught fire.
A CHIP pan caught fire when it was left unattended in a Coventry house early yesterday.
A woman had to be given oxygen for shock after a suntanning booth caught fire.
Traffic chaos was caused after a giant turbine caught fire at the Nissan factory in Washington.
Police set up an '1,000 metre exclusion zone' on both carriageways of a Midland motorway last night after a lorry containing poisonous chemicals caught fire during a crash.