busted flush

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busted flush (plural busted flushes)

  1. (UK, 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. (UK, 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?
    • 2021 May 19, Paul Clifton asks Mick Cash, “I am retiring on my own terms”, in RAIL, number 931, page 49:
      "In November last year, at the annual conference, a decision went against me and I took the view that I couldn't carry on. I was a busted flush as the General Secretary, and in a position where I did not have the support of everyone, so it was best that I moved on.