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set the heather 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. (Often used in the negative to indicate the opposite. Said especially in Scotland.) 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 heather alight, is he? When she was a child, Janet dreamed of setting the heather alight as a famous actress.
See also: alight, heather, set

set the heather 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. (Often used in the negative to indicate the opposite. Said especially in Scotland.) 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 heather on fire, is he? As a girl, Janet dreamed of setting the heather on fire as a famous actress.
See also: fire, heather, on, set
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Heather keeps its colour well and flowers are often dried for the house for the winter.
Winter-flowering heather provides the best results, but spikes may be preserved in this way at any time of the year.
SHAMPOO: Heather Lockwood (left) celebrating 21 years at her Newsome hair shop with colleagues Alendrie Reid and Tracy Senior
Although Mexican heather is occasionally found on lists of drought tolerant plants, its foliage is lusher and its flowers more plentiful when its soil is kept moderately moist.
And anyway, Heather must have known Cook was nothing but trouble.
Heather couldn't be contacted last night but a BBC insider said: "Heather isn't into little men called Robin.
When transplanting heathers, Thompson avoids disturbing the roots too much.
Even in warmer climates, heathers don't need much water, especially in loamy soils.
While heathers are usually remembered as pink and blue carpets spreading through our more mountainous areas, the plant is useful for dotting between shrubs and for filling odd corners so long as it is not beneath dripping, over-hanging branches.
Apart from abundant light to thrive successfully, heathers also benefit from some winter protection, in the mountains a covering of snow and in the garden a pane of glass during severe cold and wet weather.
When my marriage broke up, Heather was kind enough not to give advice.
But we will hear more of Heather Mills: she's a remarkable woman, capable of great warmth and humanity and I'm confident in time the Press will come to realise this.
On neutral or slightly alkaline soils, much can be achieved by adding peat, leaf-mould and leafy compost, in this way creating an area where heathers will grow even if the rest of the garden is not really suitable.
Heathers are useful for planting between shrubs and in odd corners so long as they are well away from water dripping off neighbouring plants.
Boston based recording artist Heather Schmid just returned from performing her pop/rock music for 10 days in Pakistan for audiences totaling 100,000 including a special performance for the Prime Minister at the governors' mansion.