light a fire under

light a fire under
light a fire under — see light, 3
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Main Entry:fire
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light a fire under (someone)
US informal : to cause (someone) to move or work more quickly and effectively

I've never seen him work so hard. Someone must have lit a fire under him.

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Main Entry:light

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • light a fire under — If you light a fire under somebody, you strongly motivate them to work faster …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • light a fire under — (someone) mainly American to make someone work better or harder. It s time you lit a fire under those guys or they ll never finish painting the house …   New idioms dictionary

  • light a fire under — verb To motivate or encourage (someone) to start sooner or move faster. Let me see if I can light a fire under the waiter to get our order sooner …   Wiktionary

  • light a fire under someone — mainly american informal phrase to make someone work harder Thesaurus: to make someone work hardsynonym Main entry: light * * * I stimulate someone to work or act more quickly or enthusiastically …   Useful english dictionary

  • light a fire under someone — light a fire under (someone) mainly American to make someone work better or harder. It s time you lit a fire under those guys or they ll never finish painting the house …   New idioms dictionary

  • light a fire under — v. urge someone to move faster, encourage a person to begin sooner …   English contemporary dictionary

  • light a fire under someone — mainly American informal to make someone work harder …   English dictionary

  • Light My Fire — Infobox Single Name = Light My Fire Artist = The Doors from Album = The Doors B side = The Crystal Ship Released = April 1967 Format = Recorded = August 1966 Genre = Psychedelic rock Length = 7:06 (album version) 4:40 (long radio version) 3:07… …   Wikipedia

  • fire — 1 noun 1 BURNING (U) the flames, light and heat produced when something burns: The warehouse was completely destroyed by fire. | be on fire (=be burning): The house is on fire! | catch fire/catch on fire (=start to burn): Mary knocked the candle… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • fire — fire1 W1S1 [faıə US faır] n ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(flames that destroy things)¦ 2¦(flames for heating/cooking etc)¦ 3¦(heating equipment)¦ 4¦(shooting)¦ 5¦(be attacked)¦ 6¦(emotion)¦ 7 fire in your belly 8¦(sick/injured)¦ 9 light a fire under somebody …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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