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 The Dolphins hadn’t had a flameout with their top pick in Don Shula’s 14 seasons, but the former Oklahoma Sooner was the first of a series of misfires. Keven Lerner, sun-sentinel.com, "Miami Dolphins’ biggest draft busts of all-time," 27 Apr. 2021 The Archegos hit leaves Morgan Stanley as the only major US bank to be nursing losses from the flameout of Bill Hwang’s family office. BostonGlobe.com, "Morgan Stanley’s record quarter stained by Archegos collapse," 16 Apr. 2021 Morgan Stanley’s early bid for the exits helped the firm emerge largely unscathed from a fund flameout that’s inflicted billions in losses at other banks. Fortune, "The trade of the year? Morgan Stanley managed to unload billions in toxic Archegos holdings in nick of time," 7 Apr. 2021 Perhaps the biggest and most recent flameout in the space was Project Ara from Motorola, which at the time was owned by Google. Dwight Silverman, Forbes, "Laptop Startup Framework Thinks It Can Succeed Where Many Others Have Failed," 11 Mar. 2021 Never has America seen such a political flameout as President Trump’s. Willie Brown, SFChronicle.com, "Willie Brown: Trump impeachment trial is the last thing Biden needs," 16 Jan. 2021 After their latest disappointing flameout, the Bucks remade their roster by trading for Jrue Holiday, a guard who makes the NBA’s best defense even better. Ben Cohen, WSJ, "Giannis Antetokounmpo Decides to Stay in Milwaukee," 15 Dec. 2020 The scenario describes Megyn Kelly’s departure from Fox in 2017 and her subsequent flameout at NBC. Washington Post, "Shepard Smith was a big catch for CNBC. But the viewers haven’t followed him from Fox.," 3 Dec. 2020 Harrison was out the league by 2008 and lays much of the blame for his flameout on O'Brien. Matthew Glenesk, The Indianapolis Star, "Ranking Indiana Pacers' 10 worst NBA draft picks in history," 24 Nov. 2020

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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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The first known use of flameout was in 1950

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2 May 2021

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“Flameout.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flameout. Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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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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