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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.
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Rovers have conceded only three in their last eight games, without setting the world alight in attack, and 4-6 about two goals or fewer looks big.
AT TIMES like these, when our national rugby and soccer teams aren't exactly setting the world alight, it's comforting to know that we can still boast excellence in other fields.
Despite last weekend's point against leaders Newcastle, Boro aren't exactly setting the world alight under Gordon Strachan.
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Pompey are no great shakes, yet Chelsea aren't setting the world alight and even with a new boss they are blighted with the old problems - lack of quality width and an air of predictability.
JIMMY WHITE is playing well without setting the world alight and that should be enough to see the veteran get past Barry Pinches in the Grand Prix in Preston this afternoon.
St Johnstone are not setting the world alight with their performances at present, but they should have far too much class for Stranraer.
Okay, West Brom were not setting the world alight under Megson but they were, at least, competitive.
A shock at the time, that defeat reads better now in the light of Westmeath's subsequent exploits, and the Dubs have since worked their way back into contention through the qualifiers, hardly setting the world alight but getting the job done.
Doherty is going along nicely without setting the world alight, but Stevens has not produced the form he is capable of since finishing runner-up to Mark Williams in last year's World Championship.
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