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A Flash in the Pan: Origin and Meaning

A person or thing whose sudden but brief success is not repeated or repeatable. Something that happened only once or for a short time and was not repeated. Something that is interesting only for a short time.
A flash in the panFlintlock muskets used to have small pans to hold charges of gunpowder. An attempt to fire the musket in which the gunpowder flared up without the bullet being fired was ‘a flash in the pan’. The term has been used since the late 17th century.

The concept turned out to be merely a flash in the pan and was no longer used.

He was named best director in 1970, but his career was a flash in the pan.

He scored a lot of goals early in the season but has scored any since. It seems to have been a flash in the pan.

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