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 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 Case in point: Quibi, a shortform video app that charged a similarly expensive price, folded in a spectacular flameout this month. Robert Hackett, Fortune, "Jiko raises $40 million to become a most unusual challenger bank," 29 Oct. 2020 After the 2016 flameout most thought all the Giants needed was a closer. Henry Schulman, SFChronicle.com, "Giants mailbag: Buster Posey’s 2021 role and Hall of Fame chances both uncertain," 15 Oct. 2020 The industry's promise took a beating this summer in the flameout of Wirecard, a German bank and fintech darling that filed for insolvency amid accusations of accounting fraud and fabrication of $2 billion in assets. NBC News, "Secret documents reveal potential dark side of prepaid debit cards," 22 Sep. 2020 The Rockets' second-round flameout has sparked a coaching change. Joe Freeman, oregonlive, "Nikola Jokic a ‘bad you know what,’ Clippers are ‘choke artists,’ Anfernee Simons helps schools, Pau Gasol honors Kobe: NBA playoffs news and notes," 14 Sep. 2020 Another spectacular flameout, a meltdown of epic proportions. Nat Newell, The Indianapolis Star, "Ranking every Indianapolis Colts team: Nos. 6-10, Edgerrin James & playoff disappointments," 11 July 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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27 Dec 2020

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“Flameout.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flameout. Accessed 16 Jan. 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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