flame·out | \ˈflām-ˌau̇t \

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

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Definition of flame out (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to fail spectacularly and especially prematurely

Examples of flameout in a Sentence


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


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

Everyone loves flameouts — especially when, as happened in the first run of men’s singles competition here Saturday, the luger crashed, burned and then miraculously salvaged his ride. Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, "Ukraine's Andriy Mandziy falls off his luge, gets back on, finishes his run," 10 Feb. 2018 His was going to be the drama of a monumental, catastrophic flameout, one the whole world saw coming. Mike Finger, San Antonio Express-News, "With a chance to change a legacy, Manziel goes north," 19 May 2018 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 A year after another first-weekend flameout, the Wildcats live up to their seeding and head to San Antonio. The Si Staff, SI.com, "NCAA Tournament 2018 Bracket: Region-by-Region Breakdown," 11 Mar. 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 For every second-round standout such as running back DeShaun Foster, a playoff hero on the 2003 Super Bowl team, there were second-round flameouts such as RB Eric Shelton, who had eight carries for 23 yards for the Panthers before being released. Joseph Person, charlotteobserver, "Past Marty Hurney drafts offer clues to Panthers' selection strategy | Charlotte Observer," 24 Apr. 2018 Yet, as surprising as the downhill upsets and ice-rink flameouts that have marked the 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang have been, there are certain elements few would have predicted. Guy Trebay, New York Times, "Embracing Fashion, Saggers to Sequins, at the Winter Games," 21 Feb. 2018 Porter returned as a shadow of himself for the SEC tournament and MU’s NCAA Tournament flameout against Florida State and now is projected as an NBA draft top 10 pick. Vahe Gregorian, kansascity, "Cuonzo Martin at Allen Fieldhouse? 'Put my armor on and go through' | The Kansas City Star," 18 May 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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English Language Learners Definition of flameout

: a sudden stopping of a jet engine

: a very sudden and complete failure

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