flash in the pan

flash in the pan
noun
someone who enjoys transient success but then fails
Hypernyms: ↑failure, ↑loser, ↑nonstarter, ↑unsuccessful person

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1. : the firing of the priming in the pan of a flintlock musket without discharging the piece
2.
a. : a sudden spasmodic effort that accomplishes nothing
b. : a person of brilliant promise but little ultimate performance or worth

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flash in the pan see under ↑pan1
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Main Entry:flash
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flash in the pan
1. A mere flash in the pan of a flintlock without discharge
2. A fitful show of beginning without accomplishing anything
3. A brief success
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Main Entry:pan

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a thing or person whose sudden but brief success is not repeated or repeatable

our start to the season was just a flash in the pan

Origin:
with allusion to the firing of a flintlock weapon, the ineffective flash that results from the ignition of the priming powder in the gunlock's pan without the desired ignition of the main charge in the gun's chamber

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flash in the pan
: a person or thing that fails after being very popular or successful for a brief time

He was a flash in the pan whose second album didn't sell very well.

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Main Entry:flash
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flash in the pan — see flash, 2
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Main Entry:pan

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