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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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like wildfire

everywhere very quickly The new dance has caught on like wildfire in all the popular clubs. Scandal spreads like wildfire around this office.
Etymology: based on the literal meaning of wildfire (a fire that burns out of control)
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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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like wildfire

Rapidly and intensely: The disease spread like wildfire.
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It's about making safer, smarter community development decisions to avoid future wildfire disasters.
The 2011 Los Conchas wildfire in New Mexico began when a tree fell on a power line that served six homes.
March 31, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- As warmer weather approaches, the Chubb Group of Insurance Companies is encouraging homeowners to take steps now to help protect their homes from wildfires.
According to the Insurance Information Institute, about 37,000 wildfires burned nearly 4 million acres in the first eight months of 2013.
And, though, thanks to Android platform, Wildfire users, who are hunting for cool apps, can access Google's Android Market Place, it is still a far cry from Apple's legendary App Store.
Kathmandu, May 10 -- Waking up to the fact that deadly forest fires raged in more than 400 places in 43 districts this year, the government has decided to create a basket fund to prevent and control wildfires, an official said.
To help homeowners reduce their exposure to wildfire damage, agents and brokers recommend the following home construction and landscaping risk mitigation tips:
In 2003, the University of New Mexico Press published my latest book, In Fire's Way: a Practical Guide to Life in the Wildfire Danger Zone.
Using that estimate, roughly how much did it cost to suppress wildfires for each acre of land burned that year?
Today about 4,000 California prisoners -- serving time mainly for substance-abuse problems -- hack away at dried brush with chain saws and hand tools to create perimeters around wildfires to prevent them from spreading.
7 billion from other agency programs to help fund wildfire suppression over the last 5 years.
The Israeli researcher doubts that wildfires burned the Gesher Benot Ya'aqov material.
The Forest Service issued a statement regarding Reddy: "Smokey Bear is, by law, America's icon for wildfire prevention.
By advocating this position--and showing callous disregard for the immense damage that wildfire does to human beings and their property--the extreme greens showed themselves to be "destructionists", not conservationists.
People in close proximity to a wildfire, such as firefighters, can suffer respiratory problems and burns, and in rare instances are killed.