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set the Thames 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. (Refers to the Thames river in London. Often used in the negative to indicate the opposite.) Primarily heard in UK. I wouldn't be too concerned with what he thinks of you. For all his money and education, he's hardly setting the Thames alight, is he? When she was a child, Janet dreamed of setting the Thames alight as a famous actress.
See also: alight, set, Thames

set the Thames on fire

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

not set the Thames on fire

If you say that someone or something won't set the Thames on fire, you mean that they are not very exciting and are not likely to be extremely successful. None of these dishes would set the Thames on fire, but they were well prepared and good value for money. Note: You can replace Thames with the name of another river. They both had fairly successful careers in North America, without exactly setting the Hudson River on fire.
See also: fire, not, on, set, Thames
References in classic literature ?
We sailed down to the river, then on through Thames Ditton as far as Esher Station, when we turned sharp to the right, and from the dark stretch by Imber Court came to light in Molesey, and were soon pedalling like gentlemen of leisure through Bushey Park, our lights turned up, the broken torch put out and away.
Thames Water provides sewage services to 13 million people and drinking water to eight million people.
An extensive iteration of Roni Horn's encyclopedic project to photograph the Thames, staged at the Art Institute of Chicago, saw the artist partner her own signature fluidity with the solidity of the modernist canon.
Rick Thames was announced in June as the new editor of The Charlotte Observer, Publisher Peter Ridder said.
* Thames Water, the world's third largest water business, has launched its first project in partnership with the government of Ajman and two other private sector developers in a contract spanning over 27 years.
Dana Rachelle Thames and Richard Warren Bush were united in marriage at six in the evening on April 13, 2002, at First Baptist Church in Laurel.
* Shelby Thames, a long-time polymer and coatings research scientist, has been named president of the University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg.
For years local authorities had resisted governmental intervention into such matters; however, by the 1830s cholera outbreaks and the increased contamination of the Thames stimulated new thinking about both.
RACEGOERS planning to attend Newbury's two-day Hennessy meeting, which starts tomorrow, can be assured that the raceday rail timetable will be operating between London and the racecourse station, Thames Trains said yesterday.
Germany's leading energy company RWE has announced the acquisition of the British Thames Water group for Euro 7.1 billion, making it the world's third operator in the water sector behind France's Vivendi and Suez-Lyonnaise des Eaux.
Wild otters may soon be seen again in the river Thames. Sir David Attenborough and Environment Minister Michael Meacher have launched a project that aims to encourage otters to return to the cleaned-up river.
THAMES TV bosses have turned to the substantial charms of Denise Van Outen to win a reprieve for under-threat getaway show Wish You Were Here.
Faced with government-imposed privatization, it was clear Thames Water had to change.
"No tax or duty shall be laid on articles exported from any state." Pointing to Thames & Mersey Marine Insurance Co.
Suspecting a possible environmental link to these trends, Ginsburg's team compared 79 men who lived within the Thames River water supply area to 183 who were permanent United Kingdom residents served by other drinking-water systems.