catch/capture lightning in a bottle

idiom

chiefly US
: to succeed in a way that is very lucky or unlikely
He caught lightning in a bottle with the success of his very first book.

Examples of catch/capture lightning in a bottle in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Mike Schaller Temple City :: In an effort to catch lightning in a bottle, Steve Ballmer has approved a trade for James Harden that is reminiscent of Arte Moreno’s signing of Albert Pujols. Los Angeles Times, 4 Nov. 2023 Four receivers isn’t enough for an NFL team on Sundays, and the decision comes after an offseason where Indianapolis stockpiled low-cost receivers with some level of experience, hoping to catch lightning in a bottle with one. The Indianapolis Star, 29 Aug. 2023 For Theroux, a feature-length documentary film is the opposite of that, a way to capture lightning in a bottle, and to freeze the star in time. Simran Hans, Variety, 13 Jan. 2023 Finding another Joe Burrow or Ja’Marr Chase is nearly impossible, but some teams are in better shape than others to capture lightning in a bottle the way Cincinnati did. C.j. Doon, baltimoresun.com, 16 Feb. 2022 But there's probably enough talent here to catch lightning in a bottle for one season ... at least in 2023. 5. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, 25 Feb. 2023 Newcomer Baker Mayfield will try to catch lightning in a bottle twice when his Los Angeles Rams (4-9) travel to Wisconsin for a game against Aaron Rodgers' Green Bay Packers (5-8). Richard Morin, USA TODAY, 15 Dec. 2022 There isn’t a team such as the Milwaukee Bucks or Boston Celtics in the West, which is why there is a greater feeling than usual that a fringe contender can catch lightning in a bottle and reach the NBA Finals. Dylan Hernández, Los Angeles Times, 5 Mar. 2023 Performing the Ninth the way Beethoven heard it in his head is like trying to catch lightning in a bottle. Jeffrey Gantz, BostonGlobe.com, 26 Feb. 2023

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