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Old January 07, 2016, 08:25 PM
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To catch fire/to catch on fire

I heard coger fuego. Is this a anglicism or just a common way of saying to catch on fire?
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Old January 08, 2016, 01:24 PM
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It sounds like it's from Spain.

We colloquially use "agarró fuego" (exactly the same) when something burns "by contagion" so to speak. Think of the proverbial drapes that an air stream move close to a burning candle.
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