a flash in the pan

a flash in the pan

briefly successful or popular At first, some of the major record labels thought rock ’n’ roll was just a flash in the pan.
Usage notes: sometimes used in the form no flash in the pan (successful or popular for more than a brief period): This trend is no flash in the pan.
See also: flash, pan

a flash in the pan

something that happens only once or for a short time and will not be repeated We're hoping that this is a long-term opportunity, and not just a flash in the pan.
See also: flash, pan
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Downing has come in for considerable stick from the crowd and on the moan-ins and message boards in recent weeks, accused of being a Big Time Charlie, a flash in the pan Alan Moore figure who peaked too early and of lacking passion and commitment.
Whether this is a flash in the pan, I don't know,'' said Anthony O'Regan, a political science professor at Los Angeles Valley College in Valley Glen, who has scrambled to incorporate the crisis into his curriculum.