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

flame 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


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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That includes knowing what to do in case of an engine flameout or a mechanical failure, which would be harrowing enough without taking the other helicopters into account. Karen Han, Vox, "Tom Cruise’s most death-defying Mission: Impossible stunt, explained," 2 Aug. 2018 The judge later noted that his previous first-day bankruptcy hearing in another chapter 11 involved another company that, like RMH, blamed at least part of its financial flameout on millennials. Becky Yerak, WSJ, "Applebee’s Tells Court That Franchisee Was in Default on Royalties," 15 May 2018 Our 2009 title over the Magic, and especially our 2010 summiting of the Celtics, felt so good because of the flameout in 2008. Ben Teitelbaum, SI.com, "Why I Don't Want LeBron James on the Lakers," 2 July 2018 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

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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

: a very sudden and complete failure

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to make faulty or ineffective

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