capture lightning in a bottle

capture lightning in a bottle

To achieve or succeed at doing something that is incredibly difficult, unlikely, and/or elusive. Primarily heard in US. The playwright captured lightning in a bottle with his first play, taking the world by storm and thrusting him into the spotlight of fame. This rookie team, such underdogs in this championship, are trying to capture lightning in a bottle with an upset win over the number one seed.
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Trying to take lessons from this summer is going to be like trying to capture lightning in a bottle,'' Dergarabedian says, ``because it's all changing all the time.
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