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flash in the pan

Definition of FLASH IN THE PAN

1
:  a sudden spasmodic effort that accomplishes nothing
2
:  one that appears promising but turns out to be disappointing or worthless

Origin of FLASH IN THE PAN

from the firing of the priming in the pan of a flintlock musket without discharging the piece
First Known Use: 1706

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