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catch (on) fire

To begin to burn, usually after being touched by an existing fire. Hey, keep an eye on that pan, I don't want our dinner to catch on fire. I blew out all the candles so, don't worry, the house won't catch fire! I was sitting too close to the fireplace and my sleeve caught on fire!
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catch (on) fire

to ignite and burn with flames. Keep your coat away from the flames, or it will catch fire. The curtains blew against the flame of the candle and caught on fire.
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catch fire

1. Be ignited, as in This wood is dry enough to catch fire. [c. 1600] Also see set on fire.
2. Become inflamed with enthusiasm or passion, as in His ideas caught fire all over the country. [Early 1700s]
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catch fire

If something such as an event or performance catches fire, it becomes exciting, entertaining, and enjoyable. For me, the film never quite catches fire. The play only really catches fire once Aschenbach falls in love.
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catch fire

1 begin to burn. 2 become interesting or exciting.
2 1994 Coloradoan I do not think this is something that's going to catch fire as a trend.
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catch fire

1. To ignite.
2. To become very enthusiastic.
3. To become the subject of great interest and widespread enthusiasm: an idea that caught fire all over the country.
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2 Beko fridge freezer Defrost timer may overheat and catch fire Recalled April 2011 111,675 still missing
3 Hotpoint dishwasher Control board could overheat and catch fire Recalled April 2013 57,000 still missing
7 Debenhams Sleeping Beauty electric blanket Cable could short out and catch fire Recalled July 2013
Clothes and other things nearby that are inflammable may also catch fire," Dr R Narayana Babu, head of the paediatrics department at KMC, (http://www.deccanchronicle.com/130810/news-current-affairs/article/kilpauk-medi%C2%ADcal-college-gets-rarest-rare-cases-burning-baby) explained .
Every year 750 people are burnt because their clothes catch fire and 80 of them die.
IF your clothes catch fire: stop; do not run around as this increases the airflow which fuels the fire; smother flames by rolling on the ground or wrapping something round you; and remove hot clothing.