spread like wildfire
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Disseminate or circulate very quickly, as in The rumor about their divorce spread like wildfire. The noun wildfire means “a raging, rapidly spreading conflagration.” [c. 1800]
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In the UK, COTTON CANDY is more commonly known as…
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