go up in flames
Also, go up in smoke. Be utterly destroyed, as in This project will go up in flames if the designer quits, or All our work is going up in smoke. This idiom transfers a fire to other kinds of destruction. [Early 1900s]
Made-up Words Said By The People In ChargeConsidering our PICs (people-in-charge) have a knack for creating their own vocabulary, especially when they are put on the spot, here's a list of the most creative "made-up words" said by leadership. Hey, we voted 'em in . . . now they can say what they want.
Don’t Get Mixed Up By These Differences In US, UK, And Australian EnglishAmerican, Australian, and UK English sometimes feel like apples and oranges ... and bananas? The real kicker comes when a juxtaposition of all three languages occurs (Like in this here slideshow!), because that's when their differences really shine.
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