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light a fire under

Definition of light a fire under in English:

North American Stimulate (someone) to work or act more quickly or enthusiastically: claiming that Congress doesn’t work hard enough is a good way to light a fire under his colleagues
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  • They can move mountains with their enthusiasm and energy and light a fire under almost anything.
  • I think that lights a fire under the Senators to do their work quickly.
  • Meanwhile, the musical subculture Tee helped build is lighting a fire under more traditional DJs looking to add some new sounds to their sets.
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