lightning in a bottle

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lightning in a bottle

An incredibly difficult, unlikely, and/or elusive achievement or period of success. (Usually used with "catch" or "capture.") Primarily heard in US. The playwright caught lightning in a bottle with his first play, taking the world by storm and thrusting him into the spotlight of fame. The rookie team, such underdogs in this championship, are trying to capture lightning in a bottle by upsetting the number one seed.
See also: bottle, lightning
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Ten years ago, few would have thought that the Internet, at that time a stuttering, stunted realm inhabited by cyber geeks, was actually twenty-first century lightning in a bottle poised to usher in an unimaginable revolution in culture, technology, communications and perception.
Young readers also learn how to make clouds and lightning in a bottle. Lots of diagrams, photos, and quizzes make the text enjoyable and informative.