spontaneous combustion

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spon·ta·ne·ous com·bus·tion

the ignition of a mass of material by heat developed within it by the oxidation of the substances composing it without external ignition.
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The Delaware River never spontaneously combusted. That was the Cuyahoga, which now hosts a riverside dining/entertainment district in Cleveland.
It sees the Aussie star pull a rabbit out of a top hat and make a notebook spontaneously combust.
Manda to spontaneously combust, rather than the low-key exit which befell the character earlier this year.
According to the science fiction writer Ray Bradbury, at what temperature do books spontaneously combust?
If anyone says anything I don't want to hear, I may spontaneously combust. In an attempt to mask rising levels of hysteria, I drop my voice to a lower pitch as advised by good parenting manuals.
Wil Donnelly on Twitter wrote: "Any working lie detector would spontaneously combust if it was brought within 100 feet of the White House."
The company still has no idea what made the Note 7 spontaneously combust.
THE FIREMAN by Joe Hill (Gollancz, PS20, ebook PS9.99) MYSTERIOUS, fatal virus Dragonscale is spreading though the world, taking over people until eventually they spontaneously combust.
But the theory behind this assumes that any child gives a toss about his parents having to wash and change him 15 times a day, causing the share price of Napisan to sky-rocket, and the washing machine to almost spontaneously combust.
SKY Sports' Soccer Saturday returns this weekend, which is good news for many reasons - not least the presence of presenter Jeff Stelling and the likelihood that we'll one day see overexcitable Mr Shouty Phil Thompson spontaneously combust live on air.
If she ever achieves her dream of winning the Derby Muttley fears she'll spontaneously combust.
Jonuz on the other hand looked like he might spontaneously combust or break into a dance he was so animated.