Definition of like a house on fire (or afire) in US English:

like a house on fire (or afire)

phrase

informal
  • 1Vigorously; furiously.

    • ‘For that to happen the Boks will need to start like a house on fire.’
    • ‘‘We set off like a house on fire, then allowed them to claw their way back to within two points,’ he said.’
    • ‘Rovers opened like a house on fire, but for all the speed and accuracy they showed, they could not find a breach in the Blues' defence.’
    • ‘Bucks came back like a house on fire in the second half with dribbling wizard Clement Mazibuko doing wonders with the ball.’
    • ‘They started the game like a house on fire, and star striker Siyabonga Nomvete almost scored in the third minute after connecting a pass from Bennet Mnguni, but the Congolese goalkeeper was alert.’
    • ‘The book starts off like a house on fire.’
    • ‘Vic Rangers set off like a house on fire and really took the game to Albion in the first ten minutes.’
    1. 1.1 Excellently.
      ‘Ben and my aunt got along like a house on fire’
      • ‘I met her in January 2005, and we've gotten along like a house on fire.’
      • ‘Bury opened up like a house on fire and the contest was well over when they led 22-0 in the opening quarter.’
      • ‘Naturally, I am expecting to get along with her like a house on fire.’
      • ‘He seemed to be getting on with Lara like a house on fire, but from what he could tell she wasn't really into dancing frivolously with him much.’
      • ‘We set off like a house on fire, our first set saw us force a goal line dropout putting them under real pressure and we scored.’
      • ‘The Pirates brought in a whole host of new signings in the summer and started off like a house on fire under new manager Ian Atkins.’
      • ‘However, it was the 23-year-old Bingham who started like a house on fire and he won all four frames before the interval, helped by breaks of 51, 78, 70 and 95.’
      • ‘Leigh started like a house on fire against a big physical side, with Parr, Browning and Ranson working well as a unit and Lloyd, Thorpe, Peet and Wilkinson running well.’
      • ‘They have started the season like a house on fire and are averaging six goals each game during a run of seven consecutive victories.’
      • ‘England's bizarre match against Italy a week ago, when Clive Woodward's men started like a house on fire and then stuttered almost to a standstill, did offer some positive pointers for Scotland.’
      get on well, get on, get along, be on good terms, be friends, be friendly, be compatible, relate well to each other, feel a rapport, see eye to eye, take to each other, warm to each other, find things in common
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