Definition of set the world on fire (also set the world alight) in US English:

set the world on fire (also set the world alight)

phrase

  • Do something remarkable or sensational.

    ‘the film hasn't exactly set the world on fire’
    succeed, achieve success, be successful, be a success, do well, get ahead, reach the top, become famous, achieve recognition, distinguish oneself, set the world on fire
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