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like a moth to a flame

With intense and immediate interest. We brought out the water slide for the party and the kids came running like moths to a flame. Whenever I park my Ferrari, there's inevitably someone who wants to come gawk at it, like a moth to a flame.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

like a moth to a flame

If a person is attracted to someone or something like a moth to a flame, they are strongly attracted to them. The bright lights of west London drew Kharin like a moth to a flame. Girls were around him like moths to a flame. Note: This expression is very variable. For example, you can talk about moths around a flame, or replace flame with candle. Men flock around her like moths around a flame.
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