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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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 Big money, famous players and the flameout of a rising tech star will all intersect in the proceedings. Roland Li, San Francisco Chronicle, 27 Aug. 2021 Given the ice cream’s popularity, the flameout was startling but hardly surprising to its peers. New York Times, 13 Aug. 2021 Two-time All-Star Ben Simmons turned down an opportunity to play, wanting to focus on skill development following a playoff flameout. Chris Fedor, cleveland, 3 July 2021 Eventually, there was the Big Three flameout in the 2014 NBA Finals, with LeBron leaving and the roster dramatically altering again. Ira Winderman, sun-sentinel.com, 28 May 2021

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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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26 Jan 2022

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“Flameout.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flameout. Accessed 26 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of flameout

: a sudden stopping of a jet engine
: a very sudden and complete failure


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