set the woods on fire

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set the woods on fire

To do wonderful or exciting things that cause a great or remarkable sensation in the woods; to be 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 woods on fire, is he? As a girl, Janet dreamed of setting the woods on fire as a famous actress.
See also: fire, on, set, wood

not set the woods on fire

If someone or something does not set the woods on fire, they do not cause great excitement or interest or have great success. Our team isn't exactly setting the woods on fire this year.
See also: fire, not, on, set, wood