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like a moth to the flame

With intense and immediate attraction. Likened to the attraction of moths to bright lights. We brought out the water slide for the party and the kids came running like moths to the flame. Whenever I park my Ferrari, there's inevitably someone who wants to come gawk at it, like a moth to the flame.
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like a moth to the flame

irresistibly attracted to someone or something.
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As lord of Aquitaine, he ruled a vast swathe of territory across the west and southwest of France, holding a magnificent court at Bordeaux that mesmerized the brave but unruly Gascon nobility and drew them like moths to the flame of his cause.
? Why leave fairy lights just to the Christmas tree - these twinkly, flickering lights attract us like moths to the flame. Hang them within fireplaces, above the door or even loop them over window frames to create a magical ambient scene all winter long.
All celebrities know they can be anonymous when they really want to be, but those who fly like moths to the flame do so knowing the dangers involved.
The trio - Waqar Ahmed (26), Azhil Khan (23) and Afzal Khan (22), all from the Handsworth area - were described as normally respectable men who were "drawn like moths to the flame" and fuelled by mob violence.
The judge said: "The defendants were three normally respectable, law-abiding men, from good backgrounds, but they were drawn like moths to the flame by the sheer excitement, the street drama of that night.
"They were crowded around her like moths to the flame."
Moths to the Flame - The Seductions of Computer Technology offers a series of essays about the intersection of this amazing technology and human society.
The judge said: "[The defendants] were three normally respectable, law-abiding men, from good backgrounds, but they were drawn like moths to the flame by the sheer excitement, the street drama of that night.