not set the world on fire

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set the world on fire

To do wonderful or exciting things that cause a great or remarkable sensation in the world; to become extremely popular, famous, renowned, etc. Often used in the negative to indicate the opposite. I wouldn't be too concerned with what he thinks of you. For all his money and education, he's hardly setting the world on fire, is he? As a girl, Janet dreamed of setting the world on fire as a famous actress.
See also: fire, on, set, world

not set the world on fire

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not set the world alight

If someone or something does not set the world on fire or does not set the world alight, they do not cause great excitement or interest. The 29-year-old Frenchman hasn't exactly set the tennis world on fire. The series isn't setting the world alight, despite some good writing and solid performances.
See also: fire, not, on, set, world

not/never set the ˈworld on fire

(British English also not/never set the ˈThames on fire) (informal) never do anything exciting, unusual or wonderful: He’s good, but he’ll never set the world on fire. He’s not dynamic enough.
The Thames is the large river that runs through London.
See also: fire, never, not, on, set, world
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Chelsea's Jake Clarke-Salter and Liverpool's Ovie Ejaria have not set the world alight either.
The ex-Harry Fry-trained Charmix has not set the world alight on two starts for Gordon Elliott so far, but it is worth remembering he was once rated 145 across the pond and is now down to an attractive mark of 138.
Although the little Spaniard did not set the world alight, he allowed Bolasie to go left and get Mirallas through the middle.
It was a performance more about style than substance, as none of those beaten have not set the world alight since, but Calypso Choir cannot take the blame for that.
It was a performance more about style than substance as none of those beaten have not set the world alight since, but Calypso Choir cannot take the blame for that.
RADAMEL FALCAO has not set the world alight at Manchester United and it would be no surprise if his loan move did not become a permanent transfer.
He has not set the world alight this season so far but did run well at Folkestone three starts ago and has been set pretty stiff tasks on his last two starts.
IT is probably fair to say that the appearance of Lord Morris of Aberavon before the Assembly's Constitutional and Legislative Affairs Committee did not set the world alight.
Auditing does not set the world alight, to be quite honest.
The pounds 5million winger has not set the world alight since making his Wanderers debut in October following eight months out with a broken foot.
Steve Smith (right), the leg spinning batsman, has had a taste of Test cricket but has not set the world alight, while picking Michael Beer after just five firstclass games is quite amazing.
The two-year-old did not set the world alight in four maiden starts over sprint distances but a move into nursery company and a step up to seven furlongs seemed to help when he went down by just a neck at Kempton last time.
Maclagan did not set the world alight as a player - his highest singles ranking was No.