busted flush

busted flush

1. Literally, a hand in poker consisting of four cards of the same suit and one that is different, i.e., one card short of a flush. I thought I'd finally win the hand, but when I drew the ace of spades, I was left with a busted flush.
2. A person, organization, or thing that at one time held great potential or influence but that ultimately ended up a failure. Jack left secondary school with great grades and a bright future, but he became addicted to drugs and turned out a busted flush. The company promised big returns to investors but turned out to be a busted flush.
See also: busted, flush

a busted flush

someone or something that has not fulfilled expectations; a failure. US informal
In the game of poker, a busted flush is a sequence of cards of one suit that you fail to complete.
See also: busted, flush
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When you have a busted flush, you throw in your hand and start again.
I want Out of the EU, mainly because I want Britain freed from the shackles of the unelected, unaccountable, economically busted flush that is the EU, and standing on its own two feet.
Champions Cup round-up CHRIS ASHTON proved he is not a busted flush with a hat-trick as SARACENS seized complete control of Pool One with a 55-13 win over French side OYONNAX.
A true story, so they say, the cast prevents it from being a total busted flush.
I wouldn't sign either Sergio Ramos or Pepe, while Iker Casillas is something of a busted flush now.
The policymakers have become a busted flush and are condemning local people to exclusion and loneliness.
Attempting to legislate by delivery method is a busted flush - it's simply wrong to claim something printed on physical paper has more importance or permanence, or is more damaging than an online version.
But while they are not a busted flush there are no surprises with
The key for the Libyan resolution will be whether or not the close circle around Colonel Gaddafi realize there's no point in investing in him, he's a busted flush, he will sooner or later have to leave power," he said.
It is a busted flush and political emphasis should be on reviving the economy and helping people who have lost their jobs.
EastEnders is a busted flush, lacking interesting plots and dynamic characters.
Because the man who, not so many months ago, was being hailed as being as invincible as 'Supermac' Macmillan is now regarded - at least by a substantial proportion of the Parliamentary Labour Party - as something of a busted flush.
Green is a busted flush, stripped of authority, and May would probably have been better to sack him.
Her party are a busted flush and independence is dead.
THANKFULLY the EU referendum is over, and for us it was the right decision to leave what was a busted flush.