flameout

noun flame·out \ ˈflām-ˌau̇t \
|Updated on: 15 Jun 2018

Definition of flameout

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

Examples of flameout in a Sentence

  1. Fans were disappointed by the team's flameout in the play-offs.

  2. before her sudden, self-inflicted flameout, she was one of the state's brightest political stars

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First Known Use of flameout

1950

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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flame out

verb

Definition of flame out

: to fail spectacularly and especially prematurely

Examples of flame out in a Sentence

  1. even at the reception, some were predicting that the marriage would flame out before the fancy china ever got used

First Known Use of flame out

1951

in the meaning defined above

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FLAMEOUT Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of flameout for English Language Learners

  • : a sudden stopping of a jet engine

  • : a very sudden and complete failure


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