flame out

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flame + out


flame out (third-person singular simple present flames out, present participle flaming out, simple past and past participle flamed out)

  1. (now rare) To become suddenly angry; to break out into indignation or similar emotion; to flare up. [from 16th c.]
    • 1748, Samuel Richardson, Clarissa, I.4:
      [O]n being brought home, and giving us ground to suppose he was much worse hurt than he really was, and a fever ensuing, every one flamed out; and all was laid at my door.
  2. Of processes and equipment involving combustion, to fail due to extinction of flame. [from 20th c.]
    • 1967, American Labor Arbitration Awards, vol. 11, Prentice-Hall,
      If on flame out, steam pressure goes below 75# you must go back on gas to return [....] The grievant replied that If he did so, the boiler would flame out.
    • 2000, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Hot mix asphalt plants technical systems audit of testing at plant "C", EPA-454R-00-026,
      On 24 July 1998, the silo THC analyzer's FID flamed out and could not be relighted.
    • 2004, Philip P. Walsh and Paul Fletcher, Gas Turbine Performance, page 487:
      Restarting in flight is a very important engine capability for all aircraft, as occasionally engines do flame out.
  3. (figurative) To fail, usually spectacularly.