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get along like a house on fire

get along like a house on fire

Date: Jan 28 2010

Themes: Friend, Romance


1. Quote - Listen to the quote and guess what the slang means.

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“When I first met him I thought he was really rude, but during filming we actually got along like a house on fire.”

- Emily Blunt talking about her Young Victoria co-star, Rupert Friend. (Us Weekly)


1. Definition - Study the definition.

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get along well; become good friends

2. Use - Learn how the slang is used.

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You don’t always know how well you’ll get along with someone the first time you meet him. When actress Emily Blunt first met Rupert Friend, her co-star in the new movie The Young Victoria, she didn’t think he was very polite. They were introduced to each other at a big party, and Rupert only said a quick hello to Emily before leaving. But later, Rupert explained that he gets nervous in large crowds, which is why he acted so strange. After that, he and Emily got along like a house on fire.

But wait. Is that good? Isn’t it usually a bad thing when someone’s house catches on fire? Well…yes. But if you think about it, fires do have some positive qualities. They burn quickly, energetically, and strongly. So if you have a friendship that is like a house on fire, it is powerful and full of life.

It’s good when co-stars get along like a house on fire, since they have to spend so much time together while filming. Plus, good off-screen chemistry usually makes for a more dynamic movie. In The Young Victoria, Emily and Rupert play Queen Victoria and Prince Albert of England. Victoria met Albert when she was only seventeen, and from the beginning, the pair got along like a house on fire themselves. They married four years later and went on to have nine children. Victoria was so upset when Albert died in 1860 that she wore black for the rest of her life and hardly ever went out in public.

Who do you get along like a house on fire with? Why do you get along so well with them?


1. Examples - Hear some example sentences.

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“My sister and I never fight. We get along like a house on fire.”

“Sandra and George get along like a house on fire now, but they hated each other when they first met.”

“Ever since they were little kids, Mandy and Charles got along like a house on fire, so it’s not surprising that now they’re getting married.”


1. Winners - See who guessed the slang definition correctly.

ilovepeace to have a great relationship with someone quickly
by ilovepeace
chomo to quickly have a very friendly relationship.
by chomo
huemar Being very close and loving each other.
by huemar
mahalo39 get along smoothly
by mahalo39
to get along like a house on fire means to get on well to be united
by monacovalentina
They got on well and were able to work together well.
by Mr.Bean's wife
become friends quickly,and like each other very much.
by AnthonyShuang
having a smooth relationship very quickly
by periwinkle.chic

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La Princesse de la vie


Me and my closest friend are getting along like a house on fire since the first year in high school till the moment. surprisingly, she was a classmate of mine back to the elementary school, but she was overactive while I was a quiet kid, so we never exchanged words. But as we got older and met again in high school, a wholly different stage, we began to get along. However we’re still two different characters, but it’s like we’re completing each other. She is always there for me and supportive of me, and I think we are having a friendship for the long haul.

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06:40 PM Jul 23 2015 |




to have a great relationship with someone quickly.

04:14 AM Dec 23 2011 |




Nice slang, including the paradox.

02:09 AM Feb 11 2010 |




Humm It is perfect whn it happens :) I have some friends like that…And when you find someone special who you feel it,you can know…It will be for the rest of life ;)

07:07 PM Feb 09 2010 |




i get along lake a house on fire with person whom i have just met

08:44 AM Feb 03 2010 |




i get along a house on fire with my boyfriend. he is my bet friend.

10:01 PM Feb 01 2010 |




I like "Youth's" aspect on this:  I would agree maybe that any lover's relationship – "good" or"bad,""up" or "down," "cold" or "hot" could be compared to a roaring or simmering fire.  I mean, it is always hot to some degree, but it seems to fade in and out at times – given the three elements of a fire: fuel, oxygen and heat.  As the fuel (the chemicals that flow through our bowels), the heat (our passion and need to be touched and stimulated and to touch and to stimulate), and finally the oxygen that breathes life into all relationships – lust.  Yes, L.U.S.T.- L(ove), U(nderstanding), S(ex) and finally T(rust).  Take away any of these and you have a simmering or smoldering fire – but turn up the heat; pump in more oxxxygen; and add the natural juices of love and you got yourself a roaring relationship – a bonfire!- "getting along" has nothing to do with it.

04:23 AM Feb 01 2010 |

glassy heart

Saudi Arabia

They get along with each other without expecting love and marrage

i saw that movie, it was relay nice one . albert was like afire waiting victoria to love him..

08:08 PM Jan 31 2010 |




I like the idea of this slang. And I would love to watch it. Therefore, I'm downloading it.

11:03 AM Jan 30 2010 |



i like it very much

06:58 AM Jan 30 2010 |

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        ...at a party, i met some new guys, got along like a house on fire, got drunk, and 2gether…we set the host's house..on fire…

03:41 AM Jan 30 2010 |

Richard Stockley

United Kingdom

Me and my friend 'we get along like a house on fire' ok lets cut the bull.  My 'mate' which is English for friend, would die for each other. We get along like a house on fire? Please, stop watching Dick Van Dyke films, if he set fire to my house, I'd kill him and so would you. Just say 'we're good mates' and that will do.

02:47 AM Jan 30 2010 |




Me and my best friend … we get along like ahouse on fire

09:40 PM Jan 29 2010 |



Syrian Arab Republic

i have a friend at college…..we get along like a house on fire…..

04:26 PM Jan 29 2010 |

Mebal Lee

Mebal Lee


if it is used to describe relationship between man and woman ,the sentence 'get along like a house on fire' soulds like a little bit related to sex …. just my understanding.

02:50 AM Jan 29 2010 |



i have some body get along like a house on fire. she my wife….Laughing

02:48 AM Jan 29 2010 |


Iran, Islamic Republic Of

I think that it is the best if a person has got alone like a house on fire with saudiarabian people like ben loden

11:51 PM Jan 28 2010 |


Iran, Islamic Republic Of

how can i get a long like fire with saudiarabian people like ben loden.

11:41 PM Jan 28 2010 |



Saudi Arabia

I like the simile here. it compares your passion of that person to a house on fire.


I think I got along like a house on fire with a friend in Ebaby Cool

09:09 PM Jan 28 2010 |

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