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set someone on fire

Fig. to excite someone; to make someone passionate. (Based on set fire to someone or something.) Her oratory set everyone on fire. Ted's presentation didn't exactly set me on fire, but it was a good summary of the project.
See also: fire, on, set

set on fire

1. Also, set fire to. Cause to ignite and burn, as in The drought and high wind combined to set the woods on fire. [c. 1400]
2. Cause to become excited, as in The music set the audience on fire. Also see catch fire; set the world on fire.
See also: fire, on, set

set on fire

1. To cause to ignite and burn.
2. To cause to become excited: The music set the audience on fire.
See also: fire, on, set