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

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
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In Thibodeau’s first season, Julius Randle became a fan favorite for setting career highs and his flameout in the playoffs seemingly could be forgiven. Larry Fleisher, Forbes, 26 Apr. 2022 The predicament is a looming corporate scandal that could permanently damage the Jojomon brand, just as Joan is getting her career back on track after a flameout at a previous company. Washington Post, 12 Apr. 2022 The San Francisco 49ers are hanging around at 8-7 after a flameout to Tennessee on Thursday. Jason Gay, WSJ, 27 Dec. 2021 And with delicious scooplets sprinkled throughout, like the anecdote about the Ozy Media executive impersonating someone from YouTube in one of his earliest bits of reportage that led to Ozy’s swift flameout. Andy Meek, Forbes, 1 Jan. 2022 The wait for Dallas (12-6) to reach even an NFC championship game will tick up to 27 years after another first-game flameout in the postseason for Dak Prescott, the second in three trips over six seasons for the star quarterback. Schuyler Dixon, ajc, 17 Jan. 2022 The wait for Dallas (12-6) to get that far in the playoffs will reach at least 27 years after another first-game flameout in the postseason for Prescott, the second in three trips for the star quarterback. Schuyler Dixon, Chron, 16 Jan. 2022 Pittsburgh is just 2-6 in its past eight games overall, including a listless loss in Cincinnati last December that hinted at the first-round playoff flameout to Cleveland to come. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, 26 Sep. 2021 Before Sermon, a third-round pick, the 49ers drafted fourth-round flameout Joe Williams in 2017. Eric Branch, San Francisco Chronicle, 28 Aug. 2021 See More

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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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“Flameout.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flameout. Accessed 6 Jul. 2022.

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