a flash in the pan

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - a flash in the pan

"a flash in the pan"

something or someone with a showy and popular or successful beginning but fails to deliver any lasting success or value


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - a flash in the pan

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  Aren't you worried about our competitor's new product? The launch was very showy and sales have skyrocketed. It seems like an extremely popular device.

Colleague 2:  Let's see if sales continue going strong or if their new gadget is just a flash in the pan before we react.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - a flash in the pan

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  Looks like with this new player that our team has a really good chance to win the championship this year.

Friend 2:  It has only been a couple of games. Sure, the new player is marvelous and has scored a lot of goals but will her stellar performance be permanent?

Friend 1:  You think she is a flash in the pan?

Friend 2:  Time will tell.

a flash in the pan - Usage:


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a flash in the pan - Gerund Form:

Being a flash in the pan, the singing group had one hit and then was never heard from again.

a flash in the pan - Examples:

1)  If indeed the finance minister is not just a flash in the pan, or not mere sound and fury signifying nothing ...

2)  ... will stand the test of time or prove to be just a flash in the pan

3)  ... thought it wouldn't last. But he wasn't just a flash in the pan -- it was serious. 

4)  ... to make sure that their income is stable and not just a flash in the pan.

5)  That became a nine day wonder or a flash in the pan as nothing came out of it.

6)  ... continued to argue that the seeming currency war victory might be a flash in the pan unless the central bank allows the market to fully determine the exchange rate.

7)  Sometimes they're a flash in the pan, doing limited damage. But sometimes they arrive at the same historical moment as ...

8)  ... culture of success that allows them to maintain momentum. But a flash in the pan is no basis for a long-range strategy.

9)  And it can't be a flash in the pan and then abandoned later on; it has to be sustained.

10)  Rather than a flash in the pan it's a new emergence of a sub-sector. 

11)  ... nothing again has been heard of the scheme -- was it a flash in the pan?

12)  Innovation can easily become a flash in the pan moment, rather than a long-term strategy to safeguard the organisation into the future, ...

13)  ... scored 45 million viewers and proved that the series wasn't a flash in the pan, but rather the new face of television.

14)  ... armed with a number of records that proves he's not a flash in the pan, and if he persists, he should become a household name in earnest.

15)  And success must breed success. Else, it's just a flash in the pan.

16)  It's so very important and can be the difference between a flash in the pan and a lasting life change.

17)  It's not a one-off, he's not a flash in the pan.

18)  ... more worrying is when the iPhone 7 boom is also just a flash in the pan, what can Apple rely on to hit new peaks?

19)  I think what this proved is this is not a flash in the pan. We're not going into next year as heavy-duty underdogs.

20)  ... to continuously advance if it's to become more than just a flash in the pan.