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spread like wildfire

If disease or news spreads like wildfire, it quickly affects or becomes known by more and more people: Once one child in the school has the infection, it spreads like wildfire.
Translations of “spread like wildfire”
in Chinese (Traditional) (疾病或消息)迅速傳播開來, (消息)不脛而走…
in Chinese (Simplified) (疾病或消息)迅速传播开来, (消息)不胫而走…
(Definition of spread like wildfire from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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