shoot someone down in flames

shoot (someone or something) down in flames

To bring about someone or something's failure. I thought I'd written a fine campaign speech, but my team shot it down in flames. I can't believe he shot me down in flames in front of the board of trustees!
See also: down, flame, shoot
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shoot someone down in flames

tv. to ruin someone; to bring about someone’s downfall. (see also go down in flames.) It was a bad idea, okay, but you didn’t have to shoot me down in flames.
See also: down, flame, shoot, someone
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