set the world alight

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set the world 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.) I wouldn't be too concerned with what he thinks of you. For all his money and education, he's hardly setting the world alight, is he? As a girl, Janet dreamed of setting the world alight as a famous actress.
See also: alight, set, world

set the world alight (or on fire)

achieve something sensational. informal
A British variant of this expression is set the Thames on fire .
1976 Dick Francis In the Frame He was the same sort of man my father had been, middle-aged, middle-of-the-road, expert at his chosen job but unlikely to set the world on fire.
See also: alight, set, world
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Chelsea's Jake Clarke-Salter and Liverpool's Ovie Ejaria have not set the world alight either.
The ex-Harry Fry-trained Charmix has not set the world alight on two starts for Gordon Elliott so far, but it is worth remembering he was once rated 145 across the pond and is now down to an attractive mark of 138.
Although the little Spaniard did not set the world alight, he allowed Bolasie to go left and get Mirallas through the middle.
It was a performance more about style than substance, as none of those beaten have not set the world alight since, but Calypso Choir cannot take the blame for that.
It was a performance more about style than substance as none of those beaten have not set the world alight since, but Calypso Choir cannot take the blame for that.
RADAMEL FALCAO has not set the world alight at Manchester United and it would be no surprise if his loan move did not become a permanent transfer.
He has not set the world alight this season so far but did run well at Folkestone three starts ago and has been set pretty stiff tasks on his last two starts.
IT is probably fair to say that the appearance of Lord Morris of Aberavon before the Assembly's Constitutional and Legislative Affairs Committee did not set the world alight.
Stevia-based chocolate has been available in Switzerland for a few years, but has not set the world alight, Jago added.
Auditing does not set the world alight, to be quite honest.
The pounds 5million winger has not set the world alight since making his Wanderers debut in October following eight months out with a broken foot.
Steve Smith (right), the leg spinning batsman, has had a taste of Test cricket but has not set the world alight, while picking Michael Beer after just five firstclass games is quite amazing.
The two-year-old did not set the world alight in four maiden starts over sprint distances but a move into nursery company and a step up to seven furlongs seemed to help when he went down by just a neck at Kempton last time.
Maclagan did not set the world alight as a player - his highest singles ranking was No.