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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Whether you consider Lukaku (left) a petulant busted flush or not, Alexis Sanchez has 130 caps and is one of Chile's greatestever players.
Some critics thought Rooney was a busted flush going to the MLS when he left Everton but he's lit up the game in America, put DC United on the MLS map and been one of the Premier League's best exports to the USA.
The Tories are a busted flush and will never agree on anything, except their own interests.
Utilising the services of the population of a county which to use the old expression is "a busted flush", training up retired farmers to man snowplough and gritting vehicles (paid by Holyrood Grants!) during the winter months, and also obtaining qualified HGV drivers in their spare time to man and drive the recycling and bin vehicles, and to call on the services of fit, retired pensioners to undertake gardening duties in Moray towns to ensure the many overseas tourists get the impression that they are not travelling in the likes of Kosovo and Syria.
On becoming the leader of the Brexiteers in the Commons, he has proved himself a busted flush. It would be rash to dismiss the ambition of Johnson.
Matt Whatever Trump may say, BoJo is now just a busted flush
Top Trump or busted flush? Only this week Pierson diagnosed Clinton with dysphasia, a condition brought on by brain trauma that impairs communication.
I BELIEVE Ron and Viv Carter-Bonsteel are correct to say that the referendum decision was "right" because the EU is a "busted flush" (Feedback, 04.07.16).
"Television is a busted flush. No sensible broadcaster wants to work in it, and I am no exception" - Entertainer Alan Partridge, aka Steve Coogan.
A true story, so they say, the cast prevents it from being a total busted flush. (Cert 15, 2012) ..
I wouldn't sign either Sergio Ramos or Pepe, while Iker Casillas is something of a busted flush now.
Chief economic advisor to the club Peter Spencer said that the forward guidance policy was becoming a "busted flush" and it was time to consider new measures and only significant pay rises could protect Britons from the jump in borrowing costs associated with higher interest rates.
The policymakers have become a busted flush and are condemning local people to exclusion and loneliness.
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Defence Secretary Liam Fox said that the Libyan leader would go only when the 'close circle' around him realizes he is a 'busted flush'.