set the world alight

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
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The footy boys in green didn't exactly set the world alight against the Scots and we'll need a win here to get our qualification hopes back on track.
Back at Euro 2004, the 18-year-old forward set the world alight with performances that belied his tender years, earning him a place in UEFA's team of the tournament and a move to Manchester United.
Any improvement on that would make him hard to beat, but two subsequent runs over hurdles haven't set the world alight and more than two years since yard had a winner on the Flat.
We've won there the last three races, but this time around we're not going to set the world alight simply because we are going to Canada.
NURI SAHIN hasn''t set the world alight since he joined Liverpool on loan from Real Madrid.
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.
The 24-year-old Japanese started playing when he was nine but with a world ranking of 68, he has not yet managed to 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.
The Romilly may not try to set the world alight with an astonishing selection of equally astonishingly-titled weird ales, yet it has a fair selection enjoyed by its clientele.
Sold-out it may have been but with over a hundred punters failing to turn up, despite all the band's bravado, Brother are unlikely to set the world alight in the way their heroes Oasis did.
Having just completed the recording of their second single, Liverpool's Bicycle Thieves are ready to set the world alight with their Chamelon-esque noir pop guitar assaults.
Things are also looking far from rosy for Germany at the other end of the pitch, with Miroslav Klose and Lukas Podolski desperately short of goals this season, while Mario Gomez has hardly set the world alight in his first campaign at Bayern Munich.
ABERGAVENNY cyclist Rebecca James set the world alight over the weekend, claiming a second gold medal at the World Track Championships in Moscow.
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.