in a state of glowing excitement or ardent desire.
on 16 july 1940, prime minister winston churchill “invited” hugh dalton, his minister for economic warfare, “to take charge of the special operations executive” (soe), or as churchill called it, the ministry of ungentlemanly warfare (muw). the new organization would not be publicly acknowledged but would undertake sabotage, subversion, and propaganda operations against the nazis. having accepted the invitation, dalton wrote, churchill famously exhorted him, “and now, set europe ablaze.” cia.gov
in the closing hours of the gulf war in february 1991, the iraqi occupation forces set ablaze or damaged 749 of kuwait's oil wells. kuwait spent more than $5 billion to repair oil infrastructure damage. oil production was 1.5 million barrels per day (bpd) by the end of 1992, and pre-war capacity was restored in 1993. kuwait's current production capacity is estimated to be 2.5 million bpd. kuwait plans to increase its capacity to 3.5 million bpd by 2015 and 4.0 million bpd by 2020. factmonster.com
grammy award-winning actor and comedian known for his crude, brilliant, and hilarious characterizations of the dark side of the african-american experience. pryor's success also brought substance abuse problems. in 1980, he nearly died when he set himself ablaze while free-basing cocaine. his films include lady sings the blues and stir crazy. infoplease.com
for certain, it would be a lot easier if, like pinocchio, our noses grew with each lie or like the old adage, our pants set ablaze with each fib, but no such luck! a recent study of 75 countries found that two-thirds of those polled say shifty eyes are the hallmark of a liar. medicinenet.com