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spread like wildfire

Fig. [for something] to spread rapidly. Rumors spread like wildfire when people are excited. This disease will spread like wildfire when it gets going.
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spread like wildfire

if disease or news spreads like wildfire, it quickly affects or becomes known by more and more people Once one child in the school has become infected, the disease spreads like wildfire. Scandal spreads like wildfire round here.
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spread like wildfire

Disseminate or circulate very quickly, as in The rumor about their divorce spread like wildfire. The noun wildfire means "a raging, rapidly spreading conflagration." [c. 1800]
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With the explosive growth of the Internet and email in daily communications and sharing of global information, even a single piece of malicious code can spread like wildfire, as demonstrated by the infamous "I Love You" virus.