set afire


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Verb1.set afire - set fire to; cause to start burning; "Lightening set fire to the forest"
combust, burn - cause to burn or combust; "The sun burned off the fog"; "We combust coal and other fossil fuels"
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He was still silent but began at once to erect a heap of dry sticks which he presently set afire.
The small grey eyes blinked, the lips moved, with greed; greed was the ruling passion; and though there was some good nature, some genuine kindliness, a true human touch, in the old toper, his greed was now so set afire by hope, that all other traits of character lay dormant.
The Lord above knows what the compromising consequences would be to numbers of people, if some of our documents were seized or destroyed; and they might be, at any time, you know, for who can say that Paris is not set afire to-day, or sacked to-morrow
Since the ceasefire between the Turkish government and the PKK rebels broke down last month, the pipeline carrying Iranian natural gas into Turkey has been blown up (but repaired in five days), a Turkish train headed for Iran and an Iranian train that had just entered Turkey have been attacked, an Iranian bus in Turkey was fired on and the driver killed and three Iranian freight trucks have been stopped in Turkey and set afire after the drivers escaped.
Washington, Shawwal 15, 1436, Jul 31, 2015, SPA -- The United States denounced here today the cruel attack committed by Israeli extremists, who set afire the house of a Palestinian, at Doma village, in the West Bank, resulting in the dying as a martyr of toddler and a number of severe casualties, in the family, and called the act as a mischief terrorist attack.
The incident took place on Sunday evening when some persons of upper class community from nearby Basudiha and Siyasal villages allegedly set afire the huts of several dalits over a minor dispute.
1991 -- The flames at the first of 727 oil wells that had been set afire by Iraqi occupation troops before their withdrawal from Kuwaiti territory were doused.
The development took place after a JIT report submitted in Sindh High Court by Sindh Rangers a week ago claimed MQM leaders were involved in the Baldia Fire Incident, who set afire the factory after the owner refused to pay Rs 20 Crore Extortion money.
During an inspection visit to Abu Bakr mosque, which was set afire Tuesday by extremist settlers in the village of Burqa, in the West Bank city of Nablus, the prime minister called for the establishment of popular committees for the defense of Al-Aqsa mosque and other holy shrines and to support Palestinian farmers in the olive groves.
Najibullah Sahibzada, head of the Medicine Sellers Union, said the public health department had set afire only three types of expired medicines seized and misappropriated the rest.
Some police vehicles were set afire in the altercation between police and local people.
Soon after the mishap, the enraged locals and pilgrims allegedly set afire six coaches of the train, brutally assaulted its driver, who later died, and took several railway officials hostage.