catch/capture lightning in a bottle

Definition of catch/capture lightning in a bottle

chiefly US

  1. :  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.

Word by Word Definitions

catchplay
  1. :  to capture or seize especially after pursuit

    :  to take or entangle in or as if in a snare

    :  deceive

  1. :  something caught

    :  the total quantity caught at one time

    :  the act, action, or fact of catching

captureplay
  1. :  an act or instance of capturing: such as

    :  an act of catching, winning, or gaining control by force, stratagem, or guile

    :  a move in a board game (such as chess or checkers) that gains an opponent's piece

  1. :  to take captive

    :  to gain control of especially by force

    :  to gain or win especially through effort

lightningplay
  1. :  the flashing of light produced by a discharge of atmospheric electricity

    :  the discharge itself

    :  a sudden stroke of fortune

  1. :  having or moving with or as if with the speed and suddenness of lightning

  1. :  to discharge a flash of lightning

bottleplay
  1. :  a rigid or semirigid container typically of glass or plastic having a comparatively narrow neck or mouth and usually no handle

    :  a usually bottle-shaped container made of skin for storing a liquid

    :  the quantity held by a bottle

  1. :  to confine as if in a bottle :  restrain

    :  to put into or as if into a bottle


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