lightning in a bottle

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lightning in a bottle

An incredibly difficult, unlikely, and/or elusive achievement or period of success. (Usually used with "catch" or "capture.") Primarily heard in US. The playwright caught lightning in a bottle with his first play, taking the world by storm and thrusting him into the spotlight of fame. The rookie team, such underdogs in this championship, are trying to capture lightning in a bottle by upsetting the number one seed.
See also: bottle, lightning
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that could also be the bad news too, the latter referring to the 2004 mid-season trade that sent all-star catcher Paul LoDuca, middle reliever Guillermo Mota and Jose Lima packing when the team was gelling like no Dodger team since that '88 team that caught lightning in a bottle, beating Mets and A's teams that looked on paper to be superior, in the League Championship and World Series respectively.
In the case of country singer/songwriter Woody Bradshaw, George Burton, President of Primoris/Universal Records, truly felt he was capturing Lightning In A Bottle Co the name of Bradshaw's debut album, set for release on November 21.
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