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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.
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a single source provider of technology consulting and branch automation solutions and services for the retail banking industry, and Dayton, Ohio-based Panini North America, a provider of check processing solutions, announced at the Bank Administration Institute (BAI) Retail Delivery Conference & Expo 2006 that they have joined together to provide financial institutions seeking to enter or expand their presence in the remote deposit capture market with scanning technology which will facilitate the process.
InfiniView builds on the companyeIUs prior success with its RecoveryONE solutioneI|including its ability to continuously and transparently capture all changes to enterprise application environments and instantly make available copies of production data from any previous point in time.
BOSTON -- For the first time, motion picture and video game makers will be able to use digital cameras to accurately capture and depict full-motion, photorealistic computer-generated characters and other imagery.
the world's leading provider of screen capture and recording solutions, today announced the availability of its SnagIt-to-Flickr screen capture profiles so SnagIt users can upload and tag screenshots to their Flickr accounts for easy online storage and sharing.
DAYTON, Ohio -- Panini North America's My Vision X(TM) check scanner has been selected by American Chartered Bank, a premier commercial financial institution with headquarters in Schaumburg, Illinois, for their remote check capture solution.
VSoft Corporation, a global information and technology provider of process improvement tools for financial institutions, announced at the 2005 BAI Transpay Conference and Expo that it has partnered with MagTek, a world leader in electronic transaction technology, to create a Check 21 compliant, state-of-the-art remote capture solution.
Expanded Web capture -- users may capture any graphic, audio or video file from the Internet, or use SnagIt's new Web filter to block captures from banner ads and specific domains.
The Mi-Forms Software Solution provides the tools to build or adapt existing paper forms, capture form sessions, store, review and convert the data captured into electronic format.
ConvertX video capture devices allow users to capture video to their computer for editing, storing, and sharing.
With a unique curved platen design, the ID 2500(TM) can capture a full hand print in one image, including the difficult to capture palm pocket without having to prepare or manipulate the subject's hand.
Capture System with Scalable, Production-Level Voice Capture; New
The SnagIt add-in for Excel also allows users to take screen captures instantly from within Excel, including a window, spreadsheet, object, chart or text.
Videum Duo and Quattro are the first capture devices to integrate an Elastic Frame Buffer that optimizes use of the PCI bus, enabling up to four synchronized captures of high-quality full resolution uncompressed video and audio data.
Ascent Capture economically and reliably captures large volumes of structured and unstructured information from paper documents as well as electronic sources such as XML, print streams, e-mail, application files, photos and Web forms.
The SnagIt add-ins can be configured with pre-set input and output options to enable true one-click screen captures.