spread like wildfire

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spread like wildfire (third-person singular simple present spreads like wildfire, present participle spreading like wildfire, simple past and past participle 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, page 651:
      The propaganda of the rebels spread like wild-fire, and the hopes of the more daring Irish Catholics rose high.