in flames


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in flames

Of a failure, spectacularly and permanently. Used in the phrases "down in flames" and "up in flames." My campaign speech went down in flames after I forgot everything I had rehearsed and just stood on stage sweating. If we don't get that shipment by Monday, our whole business plan will go up in flames.
See also: flame
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but when Shelley Mandiville joined in a stunt for a friend's joke website her life as a carefree teenager went up in flames.
Then he swung the "sabre" at Shelley's back - and she was engulfed in flames.
The building, which is used for sports events, weddings and christenings, was engulfed in flames upon arrival and, despite brave efforts to quell the fire, the club was destroyed.
The water supply was limited and by the time we relayed the call the whole building was engulfed in flames.
Last August, 18 sailors were killed when the fully-armed submarine INS Sindhurakshak exploded in flames and sank in a military shipyard in Mumbai.
STAFF at a Nuneaton sheltered housing complex are urging elderly people to be on their guard after one of their residents saw her bedroom engulfed in flames.