like a house on fire


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like a house on fire

Very quickly or rapidly and with great force or intensity. Out of nowhere, this crazed bull started charging at us like a house on fire! John hit the gas and started careening down the road like a house on fire.
See also: fire, house, like, on

like a house on fire

 and like a house afire
Rur. rapidly and with force. The truck came roaring down the road like a house on fire. The crowd burst through the gate like a house afire.
See also: fire, house, like, on