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 Marco Rubio, of Florida, has also proven an intriguing figure since his flameout in the 2016 presidential election. David Scharfenberg, BostonGlobe.com, "How Donald Trump just might save the Republican Party — and the country," 6 Sep. 2019 Kyrie Irving is no longer with the Celtics, but his brief flameout in Boston is still on the minds of fans in the city and even, apparently, players who have yet to play a minute for the team. Jimmy Golen, courant.com, "Celtics introduce former UConn star Kemba Walker," 17 July 2019 There were plenty of excuses for the first-round flameouts. Chris Mannix, SI.com, "Thunder Preparing for Fresh Start After Dealing Russell Westbrook to Rockets," 12 July 2019 But those two flameouts put him out of business, and left several agencies with holes in their books. Dave Brooks, Billboard, "Lonely Road: Indie Promoters Fight to Survive Amid Rising Talent Costs, Heated Competition With Majors," 12 Sep. 2019 After Wade Miley's first-inning flameout Thursday night, the Astros used seven relief pitchers in their 13-inning 11-9 victory, which is about five more than manager A.J. Hinch expected to use. David Barron, Houston Chronicle, "Astros tax bullpen in 13-inning win over Mariners," 6 Sep. 2019 But after a franchise-best 15-1 regular season, Green Bay lost at Lambeau in a 37-20 playoff flameout against the Giants. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "NFL's 100 greatest teams of all time: Which squad is best in league history?," 5 Aug. 2019 Six years ago, following its latest penalty shootout flameout at the 2012 European Championship, England’s Football Association appointed its first head of elite development, Dan Ashworth. Jonathan Clegg, WSJ, "How England Rewired Its Soccer DNA," 10 July 2018 There is no denying that Morgan has struggled recently, with two ninth-inning flameouts this month. Matt Breen, Philly.com, "Phillies' Jake Arrieta has no problem with boos | Extra Innings," 21 June 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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The first known use of flameout was in 1950

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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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to spread as a report or rumor

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