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 SoftBank has suffered a number of stumbles in recent months, most notably the flameout of former tech darling WeWork, which was forced to abandon its IPO last year. Matt Egan, CNN, "SoftBank's big bets have backfired. Now it's under scrutiny from a legendary activist investor," 6 Feb. 2020 Democrats had a famous flameout with software called Houdini in 2008. Alexis C. Madrigal, The Atlantic, "Iowa’s Caucus Debacle Is More Than a Tech Problem," 4 Feb. 2020 On one end, there is a cluster of fast flameouts — the Yo-Ello-Peach-Meerkat-Stolen-Clinkle-Secret-Color coterie. Erin Griffith, New York Times, "A Unicorn Lost in the Valley, Evernote Blows Up the ‘Fail Fast’ Gospel," 28 June 2019 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

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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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9 Feb 2020

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“Flameout.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flame%20out?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=f&file=flameo01. Accessed 21 Feb. 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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