spread like wildfire

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to spread like wildfire

  1. (intransitive, simile) To spread or disseminate rapidly or uncontrollably.
    The virus spread like wildfire throughout the Internet.
    • 1789, The Gentleman's Magazine, p651
      The propaganda of the rebels spread like wildfire, and the hopes of the more daring Irish Catholics rose high. “Would that we knew if the hour of our ...

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