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set the world on fire

To do wonderful or exciting things that cause a great or remarkable sensation in the world; to be extremely popular, famous, renowned, etc. (Often used in the negative to indicate the opposite.) Primarily heard in US. I wouldn't be too concerned with what he thinks of you. For all his money and education, he's hardly setting the world on fire, is he? As a girl, Janet dreamed of setting the world on fire as a famous actress.
See also: fire, on, set, world

set the world on fire

Fig. to do exciting things that bring fame and glory. (Frequently with the negative.) I'm not very ambitious. I don't want to set the world on fire. You don't have to set the world on fire. Just do a good job.
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set the world on fire

to be very exciting or successful The new video game format set the world on fire with huge sales at Christmas.
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not set the world on fire

to not be very exciting or successful The restaurant offers a decent menu, but it wouldn't set the world on fire.
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set the world on fire

Perform an outstanding feat and win fame, as in An ambitious man, he longed to set the world on fire with his inventions. This hyperbolic expression uses set on fire in the sense of "arouse excitement in." Also see set on fire, def. 2.
See also: fire, on, set, world