crash and burn

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of crash and burn

US, informal
: to fail completely
  • The company crashed and burned after only two years in business.

Word by Word Definitions

crash play
  1. : to break violently and noisily : smash

  2. : to damage (an airplane) in landing

  3. : to cause to make a loud noise

  1. : a loud sound (as of things smashing)

  2. : a breaking to pieces by or as if by collision

  3. : an instance of crashing

  1. : marked by a concerted effort and effected in the shortest possible time especially to meet emergency conditions

  1. : a coarse fabric used for draperies, toweling, and clothing and for strengthening joints of cased-in books

burn play
  1. : creek

  1. : to consume fuel and give off heat, light, and gases

  2. : to undergo combustion

  3. : to contain a fire

  1. : an act, process, instance, or result of burning: such as

  2. : injury or damage resulting from exposure to fire, heat, caustics, electricity, or certain radiations

  3. : a burned area


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