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or flameout

[fleym-out] /ˈfleɪmˌaʊt/
noun, Aeronautics.
the failure of a jet engine due to an interruption of the fuel supply or to faulty combustion.
Also called blowout.
Origin of flame-out
First recorded in 1945-50; noun use of verb phrase flame out Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Slang definitions & phrases for flame-out



: Gramm, flameout Jack Kemp


  1. The failure of a jet engine where the flame is extinguished (1940s+)
  2. A person of fleeting fame; flash in the pan, has-been: He is the Russian Hotspur, a fiery flameout who will soon become a historical footnote/ Michael Jackson was a flame-out, too (1990s+)

verb phrase

  1. Of a jet engine, to fail by losing the flame of its fuel (1940s+)
  2. o lose energy; falter; collapse: The Stevens Point native flamed out in the 1500 meters (1990s+)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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