(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