Usage examples for wildfire

  1. He had been at work at St. Peter's, giving directions about some alterations, and there he was seized by a severe chill, and in a few days the news spread like wildfire through the country that Raphael was dead. – Knights of Art Stories of the Italian Painters by Amy Steedman
  2. And this cry spread like wildfire through all the streets, over all the public squares; it resounded from every window, and even from the tops of the houses. – Berlin and Sans-Souci by Louise Muhlbach
  3. No, not entirely the wheat, although the news of your generosity spread like wildfire through all classes of society, and served to open the hearts of the peasants toward America as they are opened toward no other country in the world. – Abroad with the Jimmies by Lilian Bell
  4. Their charges were carried before the justices of the peace and were the beginning of a panic which spread like wildfire over the county. – A History of Witchcraft in England from 1558 to 1718 by Wallace Notestein
  5. The noise ran like wildfire along the hills: before echo could overtake it, a low rumbling followed, and then the brisker crackling again. – The Splendid Spur by Arthur T. Quiller Couch
  6. How long he slept he knew not; but he was aroused at length by a movement of Wildfire – Tom Tufton's Travels by Evelyn Everett-Green
  7. " There's more consolation than that," said Foster, " for we're spreading the thing like wildfire among the natives. – Captain Jinks, Hero by Ernest Crosby
  8. The news of their capture spread like wildfire – Memoirs of Orange Jacobs by Orange Jacobs
  9. Young Smidovich, then a fourth- year student, asked to be sent immediately to a province in the East, where the epidemic was spreading like wildfire – Contemporary Russian Novelists by Serge Persky
  10. Nor did the news pass from house to house like wildfire – The Story of a New York House by Henry Cuyler Bunner
  11. It was evident that the news had spread like wildfire for looking up the street, I could see the villagers hurrying from their cottages. – My Home In The Field of Honor by Frances Wilson Huard
  12. This medical opinion that the cause of the Dauphin's and the Dauphine's death was poison, soon spread like wildfire over the Court and the city. – The Memoirs of Louis XIV., His Court and The Regency, Complete by Duc de Saint-Simon
  13. The news of the rising in Porto spread like wildfire through the Portuguese possessions beyond sea. – The South American Republics Part I of II by Thomas C. Dawson
  14. Rumours fly every now and then from hamlet to hamlet like wildfire no one knows whence or how, that the division is to be made in a month, or a week, or a year; that the Czar has decreed it, and when it does not come, that the Czar's wishes have for the time been thwarted, as they had so often been thwarted before, by the selfish machinations of the nobility. – Contemporary Socialism by John Rae
  15. Was doing a wildfire business. – Gold Out of Celebes by Aylward Edward Dingle
  16. Quick as wildfire spread the rumour of this mad idea. – A Hungarian Nabob by Maurus Jókai
  17. The idea spread like wildfire – Life's Minor Collisions by Frances Warner Gertrude Warner
  18. He has not much of a voice, but when he sings his compositions he makes them so charming that they sell like wildfire – The Sunny Side of Diplomatic Life, 1875-1912 by Lillie DeHegermann-Lindencrone
  19. The news of his return spread like wildfire through all that part of the country. – The Adventures of Sir Launcelot Greaves by Tobias Smollett
  20. Wildfire and I can ride through and ride down anything! – Tom Tufton's Travels by Evelyn Everett-Green