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I’m on fire !


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a) I have done something wrong

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b) I am paying for the bill

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c) I am succeeding at something

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I am on fire means you are repeatedly succeeding at something. It is a colloquial expression, and is usually used to describe success in sport. It suggests that the person succeeding is doing so well that they cannot be stopped.

French translation

Je suis à fond, je suis chaud

How NOT to translate : *je suis en feu

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Examples in context

‘Swansea striker Bafetimbi Gomis on fire — thanks to £4k-a-week Italian health spa

Swansea City striker Bafetimbi Gomis has put his strong start to the Premier League season down to... a summer detox at a luxury Italian health spa.

The 30-year-old visited the Henri Chenot treatment centre in the town of Merano in June and underwent treatments for detoxification, regeneration and weight loss at the £4,000-a-week resort.’

The Mirror, 20 August 2015

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‘Fran Kirby on fire in Chelsea Ladies rout against Millwall

Fran Kirby hopes she has found her golden touch after netting a quick-fire hat-trick and helping Chelsea to an emphatic 6-0 FA WSL Continental Tyres Cup win over Millwall Lionesses.

Chelsea dominated from the outset with Ji So-yun netting after 19 minutes as she stroked the ball into the far right corner after a fabulous interchange with Jodie Brett.’

The FA, 27 August 2015

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Everyday usage

We were bowling and I scored three strikes. I was on fire !

I was on fire today in my exam, I didn’t make any mistakes.


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