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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.) Primarily heard in Scotland. 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 heather 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. (Often used in the negative to indicate the opposite.) Primarily heard in Scotland. I wouldn't be too concerned with what he thinks of you. For all his money and education, he's hardly setting the heather on fire, is he? As a girl, Janet dreamed of setting the heather on fire as a famous actress.
See also: fire, heather, on, set
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set the heather on fire

be very exciting. Scottish
See also: fire, heather, on, set
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Sadly, it is not unusual when buying pot-grown heathers to discover they're pot bound and care is needed in teasing out the roots after soaking the pots in water.
Pot-grown heathers can be planted at any time of the year when spoil and weather conditions allow.
Heather brought the salon at Newsome Road South from a hairdresser who was retiring.
"I have been in the profession for 35 years," said Heather. "I did my apprenticeship at John Cotton's in the town centre and was self-employed for some time renting a chair in other salons." Heather was brought up in Lascelles Hall, but has lived at Newsome for the past 27 years.
Heather grades her papers and from time to time sips from a cup of tea on the desk in front of her.
HEATHER: If you go to the office and speak to the office manager she can tell you which room you're looking for.
Heworth and Windy Nook areas, above the Tyne in Gateshead, once boasted large areas of heather and was known as Heather Hills.
Gateshead Council is clearing the site of trees and scrub to give the heather extra protection.
Ben has co-written Heather's new book, Life Balance, to be published this week.
So who is Heather? I drew up my own list of suspects based on some highly sensitive, top- secret evidence.
Leading candidate must be the BBC's mistress of meteorology, Heather "The Weather" Reid.
To give his flat lot the more visually interesting look of undulating hills, and to better set off the heathers, Thompson built up mounds of soil and planted the heathers on top.
However, contrary to popular belief, heathers do not demand a sloping site, preferring instead an almost flat surface, which means they are suitable for most gardens although the numerous varieties do share a common dislike for lime.
That relationship was cemented four years ago when Ben's wife walked out on him and she stepped in to support him - now he has been a shoulder to cry on for Heather since her marriage to Sir Paul McCartney collapsed.
At Bodnant, the National Trust garden in North Wales, heathers have been grown for years at the highest and most windswept point in the garden around rocky outcrops.