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crash and burn

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crash and burn

verb phrase

(also crash in flames) To fail entirely; blow it: You'd think his presidency had already crashed in flames


To collapse from exhaustion; poop out: I was just about to crash and burn (1970s+)

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Idioms and Phrases with crash and burn

crash and burn

Fail utterly, as in Dale crashed and burned three times before passing the bar exam. This idiom alludes to a car or airplane that has crashed and caught fire. [ ; 1970s ]
In skateboarding and other sports, be taken out of competition by a collision, accident, or fall, as in Although she was favored to win the downhill race, she crashed and burned on her first run. [ ; 1980s ]
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