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go down in flames

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go down in flames

verb phrase

To be utterly ruined; be wrecked: The ballet has gone down in flames after two years/ He became Washington bureau chief of ABC News and promptly went down in flames

[1940s+; fr the fate of WWI combat pilots, who wore no parachutes]

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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