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Idiom

Get on Like a House on Fire: Origin and Meaning

Meaning
To have a very good relationship with someone.
Origin
Its definition is as fast as a house would burn; very fast or vigorously. The phrase suggests frenzied activity.
Context
Jane: My friend is coming tonight.
Simon: Your friend?
Jane: Yes. Sally has been a friend since I was little.
Simon: Sally?
Jane: She’s a close family friend, her mum knew my mum.
Simon: I thought we were going out, together, alone.
Jane: Change of plan, Sally’s coming.
Simon: I’ll have to ring up the restaurant.
Jane: She’s very nice.
Simon: What does she do, this Sally?
Jane: She’s a swim wear model.
Simon: Really?
Jane: She’s very popular.
Simon: I’m sure she is.
Jane: And she’s coming this afternoon.
Simon: I’ll make her bed up.
Jane: I’m sure you’ll get on like a house on fire.
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