Drawn Like a Moth to a Flame

Meaning of Idiom ‘Drawn Like a Moth to a Flame’

To be drawn like a moth to a flame means to be strongly attracted to something or someone, as if by instinct.

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Examples Of Use

“A seasoned paleoanthropologist, when Fergusson saw the white glint on the otherwise dun-colored earth, he was drawn like a moth to a flame.”

“Sara always wondered how she could be drawn to Simon like a moth to a flame and at the same time find him so offputting.”


Drawn is used in this idiom to mean “pulled or dragged.” A moth is instinctually attracted to a flame as if the flamed “pulls” the moth toward it. This idiom alludes figuratively to this inexorable attraction.

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