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Like wildfire

Idiom: Like wildfire

Meaning:Spreading, growing
or gaining popularity in an accelerated way; Quickly gaining attention. 

Context #1 – A new song was released
by a very popular music artist.

Joc:Hey Clay, did you
hear the new McPac-Man song? 
Clayton: No, why?
Joc: Dude, seriously?  It’s been spreading like wildfire.  It’s become so popular across the world, so
quickly, that the president wants to meet him.
Clayton: No way!  That popular?
Larry:  Yeah!  They say it will be the
track of the century.

Context #2 – The most popular kids in
school started dating.

Jay: Manny started
dating Jinkee.
Alice: I heard! OMG
Jay: Wow, I guess
everybody knows.
Alice: I guess
so.  Seems the news has been spreading like wildfire.
Jay:  Yeah, even our other campuses know about this
Alice: Wow, it
really is like wildfire
Jay: With social
media, you can’t keep anything a secret for long.

Meaning: The
idiom “like wildfire” means that information about something positive/negative
has spread so quickly that it’s almost impossible to stop.  Spreading like wildfire means gaining
popularity at a pace most people didn’t imagine possible.  The news become almost impossible to control.

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