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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.

capture (one's) imagination

To hold one's interest or spark one's creativity. I know it sounds strange, but his talk on the importance of obtuse angles really captured my imagination. That movie captured his imagination so much that it inspired him to become a screenwriter.
See also: capture, imagination

capture someone's imagination

Fig. to intrigue someone; to interest someone in a lasting way; to stimulate someone's imagination. The story of the young wizard has captured the imagination of the world's children.
See also: capture, imagination
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For some contractors, marking with the 2-D matrix required by UID policy and the latest version of MIL-STD 130 may represent their first foray into high capacity automatic data capture.
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With our first round of funding from Ignition Partners, we demonstrated the appeal of our 'software as a service' model to capture hidden value locked in insurance companies' data and to achieve enterprise cost reduction," said Stephen Holcomb, Full Capture Solutions President and CEO.