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. — СПб., Изд-во "Лань". . 1997.

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