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English definition of “set fire to sth/sb”

set fire to sth/sb

mainly UK
C2 to cause something or someone to start burning: Soldiers had chased the protesters into a warehouse and set fire to it.Starting fires
(Definition of set fire to sth/sb from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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