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flash in the pan

Definition of flash in the pan

  1. 1 :  a sudden spasmodic effort that accomplishes nothing

  2. 2 :  one that appears promising but turns out to be disappointing or worthless

Origin and Etymology 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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a very small amount

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