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go up in flames

1. To be destroyed by fire. I can't believe you left the oven on! Do you want the house to go up in flames?
2. To fail spectacularly or to a great degree. All of our hard work will go up in flames if the CEO doesn't like our presentation.
See also: flame, up

go up in flames

 and go up in smoke 
1. Lit. to burn up completely. The entire forest went up in flames! The expensive house went up in smoke.
2. Fig. [for value or investment] to be lost suddenly and totally. Everything we own has gone up in flames with the stock crash. The entire investment went up in smoke.
See also: flame, up

go up in flames

Also, go up in smoke. Be utterly destroyed, as in This project will go up in flames if the designer quits, or All our work is going up in smoke. This idiom transfers a fire to other kinds of destruction. [Early 1900s]
See also: flame, up

go up in flames

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go down in flames

If something goes up in flames or goes down in flames, it fails or comes to an end, or is destroyed completely. I saw my entire reputation go up in flames and the world still went on turning. On May 1st, the proposal went down in flames. Note: The expression go up in flames is used literally to talk about something being destroyed by fire.
See also: flame, up