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Flash in the pan   /flæʃ ɪn ðə pæn/   Listen
Flash in the pan

Someone who enjoys transient success but then fails.

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"Flash in the pan" Quotes from Famous Books

... mere flash in the pan to what I have heard, when the lake is in 'arnest," said the old fellow, with the love of exaggeration so common with the vulgar. ...
— The Lake Gun • James Fenimore Cooper

... palace, and call upon the army for a new oath of fidelity to the monarch and constitution. Rendered independent by this stroke, Louis was to issue a proclamation forbidding the allies and emigres to enter his kingdom. Should the army flash in the pan and refuse to swear allegiance, Lafayette was, at all hazards, and with the aid of the regiments whose loyalty was beyond question, to escort the King to a place of safety beyond ...
— Calvert of Strathore • Carter Goodloe

Words linked to "Flash in the pan" :   failure, nonstarter, unsuccessful person, loser

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