in flames

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

By analogy with fighter planes being shot down and bursting into flames.

Adverb[edit]

in flames (not comparable)

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Usage notes[edit]

  • Chiefly used in constructions such as "go down in flames" and "shoot down in flames", often in the passive voice