like a house afire

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - like a house afire

"like a house afire"

very well, quickly, or intensely;

rapidly and with force


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - like a house afire

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  How are the sales of the new product going?

Colleague 2:  They started off like a house afire for the first week or so. Sales were doubling daily but they have leveled off since.

Colleague 1:  Then we need to find a way to get the sales back to that same vigorous level.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - like a house afire

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  How is that new intern working out?

Colleague 2:  Great! When I give her a new task, she puts her head down, concentrates and works like a house afire until she is done.

Colleague 1:  Let's hope she sustains the same level of intensity throughout her contract term.

like a house afire - Usage:


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like a house afire - Gerund Form:

There is no gerund form for like a house afire.

like a house afire - Examples:

1)  Senegal started the second half like a house afire bit Nigeria were still dangerous on the counter attack.

2)  Started like a house afire and he surged into the ...

3)  The visitors started like a house afire and before Alberton could blink the lead was out of their reach.

4)  ... started the game like a house afire, firing from all cylinders as they fought to get an early goal.

5)  ... the past five decades, the contraceptive debates have raged on like a house afire with minimal ground being ceded.

6)  ... was aware The Citizens would come out like a house afire after trailing by a solitary goal by half-time.

7)  Our love burned like a house afire.

8)  Chadli started his Hawthorns career like a house afire, with two goals and an assist on his home debut against West Ham.

9)  ... approached the game like a house afire, but their stamina vanished after scoring their opening goal in the 14th minute.

10)  ... he's come on like a house afire to close games for the ...

11)  ... so we get along like a house afire. We're really good friends, ...

12)  ... same likes, same dislikes. We got on like a house afire.

13)  The Irish and Swedish fans got on like a house afire in Paris showing how rival supporters can interact without throwing bottles.

14)  ... night with just the three of us and we got on like a house afire. They have remained close friends. 

15)  We were both travellers of the world, we got on like a house afire. But we were only destined to be good friends.

16)  ... became fast friends. We just hit it off like a house afire.

17)  The two got along like a house afire and since them have been great friends.

18)  They were getting on like a house afire. Leo made it clear he wanted her to come back upstairs to his suite.

19)  We absolutely get along like a house afire. There is no animosity at all. 

20)  They get on like a house afire and it's obvious to everyone that something is going on between them.