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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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On January 5, eight children suffered burns as their school van caught fire near Orangi Town area.
However, the car suddenly caught fire and did not stop on applying the brake.
A BMW 520d caught fire shortly before Monday noon while going up a hill in Pyeongchang, 180 kilometers east of Seoul, local police and fire authorities said.
Police said that the hut of Gul Hasan Koch, a labourer hailing from Chak number P-38, suddenly caught fire. The flames quickly engulfed the whole hut in which Gul's five-year-old child was burnt to death while his seven-year-old child also suffered from severe burns.
The search and rescue (SAR) operation for the missing crew of MV Geos which caught fire yesterday continued today in the vessel itself.
She began the fight after her daughter, Matilda, suffered severe burns when her Halloween witch's costume brushed against a candle and caught fire within seconds, in 2014.
A passenger bus caught fire in Alburquerque town in Bohol province on Sunday afternoon, police said.
The warning comes from firefighters after a machine caught fire in Fartown.
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patients; ADDING to the shortage of ambulances in the city, one CATS ambulance suddenly caught fire late on Tuesday night and was gutted.
FIRE fighters were called to a house in Rhuddlan during the early hours of Saturday morning after a kitchen appliance caught fire.
A MAN was winched from a life raft by helicopter after his yacht caught fire 15 miles off the North East coast today.
SMOKE could be seen billowing from a popular city centre pub after it caught fire in the middle of the day.
According to a witness, it started near gate eight when an advertising banner caught fire.
RELATIVES of a teenager who died in a car which caught fire in a south Warwickshire field say his death has left them "devastated".