catch fire
phrasal 1. to become ignited 2. to become fired with enthusiasm 3. to increase greatly in scope, popularity, interest, or effectiveness <
this stock has not caught fire—yet — Forbes
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New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • catch fire — ► catch fire begin to burn. Main Entry: ↑fire …   English terms dictionary

  • catch fire — index burn Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • catch fire — verb start to burn or burst into flames (Freq. 1) Marsh gases ignited suddenly The oily rags combusted spontaneously • Syn: ↑erupt, ↑ignite, ↑take fire, ↑combust, ↑conflagrate …   Useful english dictionary

  • catch fire — it was amazing that neither of the adjoining buildings caught fire Syn: ignite, catch light, burst into flames, go up in flames …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • catch fire — {v. phr.} 1. To begin to burn. * /When he dropped a match in the leaves, they caught fire./ 2. To become excited. * /The audience caught fire at the speaker s words and began to cheer./ * /His imagination caught fire as he read./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • catch fire — {v. phr.} 1. To begin to burn. * /When he dropped a match in the leaves, they caught fire./ 2. To become excited. * /The audience caught fire at the speaker s words and began to cheer./ * /His imagination caught fire as he read./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • catch\ fire — v. phr. 1. To begin to burn. When he dropped a match in the leaves, they caught fire. 2. To become excited. The audience caught fire at the speaker s words and began to cheer. His imagination caught fire as he read …   Словарь американских идиом

  • catch fire — Syn: ignite, catch light, burst into flames, go up in flames …   Synonyms and antonyms dictionary

  • catch fire — take fire, blaze, go up in flames …   English contemporary dictionary

  • catch fire — begin to burn. → fire …   English new terms dictionary

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