set fire

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From Middle English setten fyre, equivalent to set +‎ fire.


set fire (third-person singular simple present sets fire, present participle setting fire, simple past and past participle set fire)

  1. (intransitive, followed by to) To light using fire; to cause to be on fire; to set alight.
    They set fire to the house.
    • 1941 October, “Notes and News: A Serious Swiss Derailment”, in Railway Magazine, page 469:
      A freight train became completely derailed, blocking the tunnel entrance, and six of the wagons rolled down the mountainside, demolishing and setting fire on their way to a guard house, in which three soldiers were killed.


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