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

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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BORO'S in-form winger Adama Traore could "go and play for Manchester City tomorrow" and would set the world alight, says his former manager Tim Sherwood.
I'm not hopeful I'm going to set the world alight but, as I've always done throughout my sporting career, I will be as competitive as I can be and see where that takes me.
It is asking a lot for any new boy to set the world alight in his first game, but the Ospreys are optimistic the man from Christchurch will cope with what's thrown at him on his Pro12 bow.
Barack Obama did not set the heather alight as president but Trump could well set the world alight.
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.
Knowing that Amazing Alex hasn't exactly set the world alight, it is safe to assume that the huge majority chunk is because of Angry Birds.
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.
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.