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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
References in classic literature ?
Bidding the other passengers good-night, in a rather snappish manner, the stranger alighted. He was a shortish gentleman, with very stiff black hair cut in the porcupine or blacking-brush style, and standing stiff and straight all over his head; his aspect was pompous and threatening; his manner was peremptory; his eyes were sharp and restless; and his whole bearing bespoke a feeling of great confidence in himself, and a consciousness of immeasurable superiority over all other people.
JEMIMA alighted rather heavily, and began to waddle about in search of a convenient dry nesting-place.
She flew over the wood, and alighted opposite the house of the bushy long-tailed gentleman.
"When the passenger was alighting, the driver alighted too to answer a call of nature, but the gang attacked and took control of the vehicle," Lari deputy police subcounty commander Musa Omari said.
He said he was surprised when the woman suddenly alighted and ran.
Melvin Odicta, who was tagged by the police as the drug lord nicknamed 'Dragon' operating in Western Visayas, and his wife were shot and killed by unidentified gunmen as they alighted at the Caticlan jetty port in Malay town in Aklan province early Monday.
1 : to get down : dismount <The riders alighted from their horses.>
If he alights with a staggered 1-2 stop, he must use the foot that first alighted to the floor as the pivot foot.