busted flush

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busted flush (plural busted flushes)

  1. (Britain, poker) A potential flush which ultimately was not filled.
    I thought I'd draw another spade, but I ended up with a busted flush.
  2. (Britain, idiomatic) Anything which ends up worthless despite great potential.
    • 2004 May 2, Andrew Rawnsley, "Mission not accomplished," Guardian online (UK) (retrieved 14 Oct 2012):
      If this [Tony Blair] is such an utterly busted flush of a leader, why are so many Tories and their outriders so keen to have this Prime Minister gone before he can fight another election?