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set the heather 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. Said especially in Scotland.) 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 heather alight, is he? When she was a child, Janet dreamed of setting the heather alight as a famous actress.
See also: alight, heather, set

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 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.
See also: alight, set, world

alight from

To get down from, or off of, something (usually a vehicle). The children alighted from the school bus on the first day of school. We've landed, but we still need to alight from the plane.
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alight (up)on

1. To land or rest upon something. The large black crow alighted on the telephone wire high above the street. As he walked into the room, his eyes alighted upon a gorgeous woman wearing a red dress.
2. To arrive at a thought or idea. The engineer alighted on a mathematical solution to the problem he'd been trying to solve all week.
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alight from something

to get off something; to get down off something. Almost three hundred people alighted from the plane.
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alight (up)on someone or something

to land on something; [for a bird or other flying animal] to come to rest on something. (Upon is more formal than on.) A small bird alighted on the branch directly over my head. It alighted upon the branch and began to sing.
See also: alight, on

not set the world on fire

or

not set the world alight

If someone or something does not set the world on fire or does not set the world alight, they do not cause great excitement or interest. The 29-year-old Frenchman hasn't exactly set the tennis world on fire. The series isn't setting the world alight, despite some good writing and solid performances.
See also: fire, not, on, set, world

set the world alight (or on fire)

achieve something sensational. informal
A British variant of this expression is set the Thames on fire .
1976 Dick Francis In the Frame He was the same sort of man my father had been, middle-aged, middle-of-the-road, expert at his chosen job but unlikely to set the world on fire.
See also: alight, set, world

alight on

v.
1. To come down and settle on something; land on something: I watch the birds alight on the branches outside my window.
2. To discover or arrive at something by chance: The workers alighted on a simple solution to the problem.
See also: alight, on
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I was talking to my girlfriend, having a cigarette, and as I was waving my hand my cigarette caught him and he set alight.
40pm on Friday and arrived to find the living room alight.
The couple discovered their wheeled bin had been set alight and the fire had spread to the trailer at the side of the house.
The fire service said another sofa had been set alight in the street earlier and a shed was also damaged in a fire.
When I did I asked can you not get any nearer, when suddenly the passenger female gets out, runs around and the driver then alights and they physically abused me.
Charges indicated that the child was being held in the woman's arms when he poured petrol on them and threatened to set them alight with a cigarette lighter.
The blast blew roof tiles from the bungalow before catching the building alight.
One of Jimmy Hendrix's favourite guitars, set alight on a London stage more than 40 years ago and thought to have been lost forever, is to be auctioned later this year.
He poured petrol on to the living room sofa then set it alight as the family slept at their three-bedroom house in Lisle Road, South Shields, South Tyneside, in April last year.
Alight Planning has released a driver-based financial planning and analysis software application with a multitude of innovative features, including a units, rates and amounts architecture, automated sensitivity analysis, goal-seek operations and intuitive modeling with object-based linking.
CHRISTOPHE LEMAIRE gave Set Alight an accomplished ride to win the Group 3 Prix Thomas Bryon at Saint-Cloud yesterday, writes Desmond Stoneham.
Christopher Piper, 35, suffered 100 per cent burns when he set himself alight at his home.
She was working in the hospital ward where the young student of philosophy Jan Palach died after setting himself alight to protest against the invasion of Warsaw pact troops.
With a total of 568 wheelchair passengers using the buses in January, "this is approximately 39 hours to board and alight wheelchair passengers," the report said.
Alight LLC, developers of the industry-leading Alight Planning financial planning and reporting software, today announced that Rand Heer, Alight CEO and founder and architect of the original Pillar software, will present a pre-conference workshop to address the challenges and application solutions for implementing rolling forecasts at 1:00 pm, Wednesday February 24th as part of the Financial Forecasting & Planning Summit set for February 24-26 at the Doubletree Mission Valley in San Diego.