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flame·​out ˈflām-ˌau̇t How to pronounce flameout (audio)
: the unintentional cessation of operation of a jet airplane engine
: a sudden downfall, failure, or cessation
: a person whose successful career ends abruptly

flame out

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flamed out; flaming out; flames out

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
Recent Examples on the Web
The circumstances around the Bally Sports flameout were exacerbated by heavy debt taken on by its parent company, Diamond Sports. Cynthia Littleton, Variety, 20 Sep. 2023 During the flameout of the clean tech boom in the early 2000s, plenty of investors got burned. Lee Clifford, Fortune, 22 Aug. 2023 Their offseason moves reflected that, with a free agency spending spree intended to bolster a flawed roster that got exposed in the first-round flameout. Chris Fedor, cleveland, 18 Aug. 2023 The seismic flameout of FTX—once valued at $32 billion, the company filed for bankruptcy and faces Securities and Exchange Commission and Justice Department investigations—helps deflate one of the startup world’s great myths: the underdressed genius founder. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, 22 Nov. 2022 Fowler also slipped with a bogey, the beginning of a flameout for a player who on Thursday shot a 62, a single-round record for an Open. Alan Blinder, New York Times, 19 June 2023 For many years, Ryan Leaf didn't feel comfortable standing up for himself, given his famous NFL flameout and legal troubles. Scott Horner, The Indianapolis Star, 24 Apr. 2023 Based on 95 responses, here are the 14 most essential L.A. memoirs and biographies, from Hollywood tell-alls to immigrant sagas, hard lives (Luis J. Rodriguez) and spectacular flameouts (Freeway Rick Ross). Boris Kachka, Los Angeles Times, 11 Apr. 2023 Purdue started 22-1 but a pretty mediocre February combined with some previous March flameouts under Matt Painter make the Boilermakers a difficult team to trust. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, 13 Mar. 2023
The veteran was signed in late May after flaming out with the New York Yankees to fill in for the injured Mullins. Jacob Calvin Meyer, Baltimore Sun, 9 Aug. 2023 That translated to a $13 billion loss for Musk on top of the $3 billion that had flamed out on the space launch. Jeffrey Sonnenfeld, Fortune, 27 Apr. 2023 He was followed by several others who burned brightly and then flamed out, most notably Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, 1 Sep. 2023 Toro moved back to Madrid after flaming out in New York and has taken a job with Juan at his father’s shady real-estate firm. Vulture, 1 Aug. 2023 The growing regulatory crackdown is rattling crypto investors, who remain shaken by the implosion late last year of FTX, a rising star that flamed out spectacularly and is now the subject of a massive federal fraud investigation. Allison Morrow, CNN, 6 June 2023 Rappers flame out as if gunned down in one of their own cop-killer fantasies. Bob Guccione Jr, Spin, 21 Aug. 2023 Simmons eventually became an All-Star before flaming out in Rivers’s first year and getting traded to Brooklyn for the mercurial Harden, who reached an NBA Finals 11 years ago in Oklahoma City but hasn’t been since. Adam Himmelsbach, BostonGlobe.com, 14 May 2023 Last year, as the No. 2 seed, Greenway flamed out early, stunned twice by No. 7 seed Mingus Union. Theo MacKie, The Arizona Republic, 11 May 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use


1950, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1951, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of flameout was in 1950

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“Flameout.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flameout. Accessed 4 Oct. 2023.

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