catch lightning in a bottle

[ kach-lahyt-ning inuh-bot-l ]

idiom
  1. to accomplish something extraordinarily difficult; achieve rare success: So far we’re underdogs this season, and will have to catch lightning in a bottle to make the playoffs.The network is seeking to catch lightning in a bottle twice by rebooting the popular series.

Origin of catch lightning in a bottle

1
First recorded in 1905–10, in the literal sense

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