Definition of spread like wildfire in English:

spread like wildfire


  • Spread with great speed.

    ‘the news had spread like wildfire’
    • ‘Distance learning is spreading like wildfire.’
    • ‘Sometimes it's word of mouth, playground chat that spreads like wildfire.’
    • ‘China won't fully open its financial markets until the global community comes up with a workable mechanism that can contain financial disasters and prevent them from spreading like wildfire.’
    • ‘As odd as it might seem, the idea catches on and spreads like wildfire.’
    • ‘Experts say it spreads like wildfire with schools, nursing homes, hospitals and work places expected to be particularly badly hit.’
    • ‘Sushi joints have been spreading like wildfire over the past few years, usurping the spots where short-lived soup and noodle places once stood and almost hoisting maki and sashimi into food-group status.’
    • ‘Although the internet has dominated the discussion and study of new technologies, mobile telephony is the innovation that seems to be spreading like wildfire around the globe.’
    • ‘If they come across something good, word of mouth spreads like wildfire.’
    • ‘Normally such riots on such an emotive issue would spread like wildfire across the country.’
    • ‘This group relies heavily on word-of-mouth to decide where to go next - and the word spreads like wildfire.’
    grow unchecked, grow profusely, run riot, spread like wildfire, ramble, straggle
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