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


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


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

GROUP F Germany Reason to watch: The defending World Cup champions haven't finished worse than third at either the World Cup or the European Championship since a group-stage flameout at Euro 2004. Matt Bonesteel, chicagotribune.com, "The U.S. is missing, so here's one reason to watch every World Cup team," 14 June 2018 The biggest cryptocurrency flameout happened almost a year ago. Dave Michaels, WSJ, "Crypto Craze Drew Them In; Fraud, in Many Cases, Emptied Their Pockets," 26 Dec. 2018 Apart from a fourth-place finish in 2006, Portugal's World Cup success has been more muted over that span: One round-of-16 appearance and two group-stage flameouts. Matt Bonesteel, chicagotribune.com, "The U.S. is missing, so here's one reason to watch every World Cup team," 14 June 2018 That includes knowing what to do in case of an engine flameout or a mechanical failure, which would be harrowing enough without taking the other helicopters into account. Karen Han, Vox, "Tom Cruise’s most death-defying Mission: Impossible stunt, explained," 2 Aug. 2018 The judge later noted that his previous first-day bankruptcy hearing in another chapter 11 involved another company that, like RMH, blamed at least part of its financial flameout on millennials. Becky Yerak, WSJ, "Applebee’s Tells Court That Franchisee Was in Default on Royalties," 15 May 2018 Our 2009 title over the Magic, and especially our 2010 summiting of the Celtics, felt so good because of the flameout in 2008. Ben Teitelbaum, SI.com, "Why I Don't Want LeBron James on the Lakers," 2 July 2018 Everyone loves flameouts — especially when, as happened in the first run of men’s singles competition here Saturday, the luger crashed, burned and then miraculously salvaged his ride. Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, "Ukraine's Andriy Mandziy falls off his luge, gets back on, finishes his run," 10 Feb. 2018 His was going to be the drama of a monumental, catastrophic flameout, one the whole world saw coming. Mike Finger, San Antonio Express-News, "With a chance to change a legacy, Manziel goes north," 19 May 2018

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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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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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