flame·​out | \ ˈflām-ˌau̇t How to pronounce flameout (audio) \

Definition of flameout

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the unintentional cessation of operation of a jet airplane engine
2 : a sudden downfall, failure, or cessation
3 : a person whose successful career ends abruptly

flame out

flamed out; flaming out; flames out

Definition of flame out (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to fail spectacularly and especially prematurely

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Examples of flameout in a Sentence

Noun Fans were disappointed by the team's flameout in the play-offs. before her sudden, self-inflicted flameout, she was one of the state's brightest political stars Verb even at the reception, some were predicting that the marriage would flame out before the fancy china ever got used
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In the history of life, there have been many flameouts and setbacks. National Geographic, "Earth has had more major mass extinctions than we realized," 18 Dec. 2019 Online anger over Coolest Cooler’s flameout has focused on the company and Ryan Grepper, the novice Portland entrepreneur who conceived the project five years ago. Mike Rogoway | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "Kickstarter disavows responsibility in Coolest Cooler fiasco," 10 Dec. 2019 Big Ten football gave us field stormings, weird math, shocking flameouts, Heisman Trophy candidates and the best team in the land, according to the College Football Playoff committee. Teddy Greenstein, chicagotribune.com, "The best, worst and weirdest from the 2019 Big Ten football season: Wildest upset, dumbest quote and some ridiculous stats," 4 Dec. 2019 Kin Cheung/Associated Press HONG KONG — Even by the standards of Hong Kong, where the ups and downs of the stock market rival events at the horse track as a spectator sport, three recent flameouts have been spectacular. Alexandra Stevenson, New York Times, "Plunge in 3 Hong Kong Stocks Offers a Cautionary Tale," 1 Dec. 2019 This late September flameout continues what’s been a long and slippery slide for the Cubs since winning it all. Jon Tayler, SI.com, "Dynasty Deferred: More Than Just the Cubs' Playoff Hopes Died This Weekend," 23 Sep. 2019 From the embers of that flameout, some of the world’s most powerful companies were born. Jeff John Roberts, Fortune, "How Blockchain Will Shake Up the Financial World: 5 Questions for Author Alex Tapscott," 11 Dec. 2019 WeWork, the largest office-space tenant in Chicago, had quite the flameout earlier this year, writing off $40 billion in paper value (but who’s counting?). Chicago Tribune Staff, chicagotribune.com, "tl;dr: travelling via CTA is now an actual game, this 4-year-old’s Lightfoot costume wins Halloween and 10 cheap(er) alternatives to Canada Goose," 7 Nov. 2019 Restarting an engine from a flameout is known as a relight. John Cox, USA TODAY, "Ask the Captain: What area of commercial aviation needs the most reform?," 22 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of flameout


1950, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1951, in the meaning defined above

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12 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Flameout.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flame%20out. Accessed 17 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of flameout

: a sudden stopping of a jet engine
US, informal : a very sudden and complete failure

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