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on fire

on fire

Date: Aug 12 2010

Themes: Music


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

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“Justin Bieber is on fire right now! If you see him in a Rolls-Royce or Lamborghini, it might be mine…but it’s his for the day.”

- Diddy, talking about his favorite young pop star. (People)


1. Definition - Study the definition.

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very popular; doing very well

2. Use - Learn how the slang is used.

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Diddy thinks that Justin Bieber is on fire. But there’s no need to call the fire department. Diddy doesn’t mean that everybody’s favorite teen pop star is literally burning. And Diddy hasn’t gone crazy, either.

When someone or something is hot, it’s very cool and popular. And fire is very, very hot. So, when we say that someone is on fire, we mean that he is very, very hot, or popular. You can also say that someone is on fire if he is doing really well and having a lot of success.

If anyone is hot enough to be on fire right now, it’s Justin Bieber. At sixteen years old, he’s already worked with stars as big as Usher and Justin Timberlake. His first album, My World 2.0, debuted at number one. And now Diddy is such a big fan of Justin, he’d even let him borrow one of his cars!

What other stars are on fire right now? Are you on fire at school or work?


1. Examples - Hear some example sentences.

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“Lady Gaga is on fire right now. Every new song she puts out makes it to the top ten.”

“I played basketball this afternoon, and I was on fire. I made twenty points!”

“Chris has been coming up with a lot of great ideas at work. He’s on fire! “


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

primula I think it means that Justin Bieber now is famous and is widely known. He has drawn people's attentions.
by primula
allesor hot! popular, the "in" thing right now.
by allesor
successful, famous
by angel_bluemoon
angie.liu hit; popular
by angie.liu
on fire means ..in spotlight
by cherry sweet
xin7 hot, on the top
by xin7
chomo popular
by chomo
To be doing something really well or really quickly. Example: That pianist was so on fire it blew my mind.
by adabracadan
Puzzle 月 Doing something very well, quickly. 「Brilliantly, Fantastic, Amazingly, Superb, etc.」 "Justin Bieber is doing amazingly right now!"
by Puzzle 月
be doing something really well of quickly
by DecapitatedLucia
foz12 To be doing something really well or really quickly.
by foz12
On fire means very famous
by Bitten by an Arab bug

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Iran, Islamic Republic Of

it s very good text

i think bruno mars (american singer) on fire

because justin have outstrike

04:52 PM Sep 06 2013 |



Syrian Arab Republic

"You've Set my heart on fire"  from " I am Alive " a song for Cilien Dion Kiss

07:25 AM Sep 03 2010 |




I'm not a big fan of Justin Bieber, but agree with P diddy, Justin is on fire right now because of his ONE TIME album. My 12 years old cousin is a die hard fan of him, she used to play Bieber's songs on her ipod so effing loud. This boy has a talent, but I love eminem so effing much.

02:32 PM Aug 16 2010 |

Vinni Lima

Vinni Lima


its an ok slang. I'm not on fire on my school, for sure, haha. 

10:35 PM Aug 15 2010 |




it means the person or something is veyr popular and hot,i think

02:30 PM Aug 15 2010 |


Iran, Islamic Republic Of

on fire its work is good.

08:21 AM Aug 14 2010 |




Really it mean that person is famous and he do all his things very well….....

02:40 AM Aug 14 2010 |




good slang !!


05:03 PM Aug 13 2010 |




i think yisa(a new singer who ranks 4th in a popular tv singing competition in china) is on fire right now. her voice is so sweet and clear.

and leona lewis is on fire,her album echo is very good ,i love (my hands)

i am not on fir in school,coz i'm so introverted~ how i wish i would improve it~

01:02 PM Aug 13 2010 |


Cote D'Ivoire

famous,on top

11:15 AM Aug 13 2010 |



Czech Republic

Justin isn´t my favorite but I think it´s good if there are people with his potencial..

11:46 PM Aug 12 2010 |

Holmes nash phil


I think justin knws what he is doing..u know good music makes u to get money..

08:48 PM Aug 12 2010 |




Yeah If Justin Bierber is on fire right it means he is talented I have to agree but his musics aren't my taste of music…He looks like a "little girl" hahaha

08:28 PM Aug 12 2010 |




 Person who is #1 in his carrier. No matter What he do… If he is best in his caliber his ' On Fire'

04:07 PM Aug 12 2010 |



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03:36 PM Aug 12 2010 |



be on fire means doing something of great importance and success that you become famous with

03:31 PM Aug 12 2010 |



it means very very popular of course

12:39 PM Aug 12 2010 |


Saudi Arabia

famous and known to all

12:13 PM Aug 12 2010 |




08:46 AM Aug 12 2010 |

Gucci Yeung


Chorok is right. I don’t know how popular American culture is in Asia comparing with it in France, but I can say I’ve never heard about this guy and I think most Chinese haven’t either. Maybe they could use another singer (lady gaga for example) to explain the slang “on fire” ;)

08:23 AM Aug 12 2010 |

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