Crash and burn



verb phrase

(also crash in flames) To fail entirely; blow it: You’d think his presidency had already crashed in flames

verb

To collapse from exhaustion; poop out: I was just about to crash and burn (1970s+)
jargon
A spectacular crash, in the mode of the conclusion of the car-chase scene in the movie “Bullitt” and many subsequent imitators (compare die horribly). A Sun-3 display screen losing the flyback transformer and lightning strikes on VAX-11/780 backplanes are notable crash and burn generators.
The construction “crash-and-burn machine” is reported for a computer used exclusively for alpha or beta testing, or reproducing bugs (i.e. not for development). The implication is that it wouldn’t be such a disaster if that machine crashed, since only the testers would be inconvenienced.
[Jargon File]
(1996-02-22)
1.
Fail utterly, as in Dale crashed and burned three times before passing the bar exam. This idiom alludes to a car or airplane that has crashed and caught fire. [ ; 1970s ]
2.
In skateboarding and other sports, be taken out of competition by a collision, accident, or fall, as in Although she was favored to win the downhill race, she crashed and burned on her first run. [ ; 1980s ]

Tagged:

Read Also:

  • Crash-and-dash

    Related Terms smash and grab

  • Crashaw

    [krash-aw] /ˈkræʃ ɔ/ noun 1. Richard, 1613–49, English poet. /ˈkræʃɔː/ noun 1. Richard. 1613–49, English religious poet, noted esp for the Steps to the Temple (1646)



  • Crash barrier

    noun 1. a barrier erected along the centre of a motorway, around a racetrack, etc, for safety purposes

  • Crash-boat

    noun 1. a small, fast boat used in rescue operations, especially for airplane crashes.



Disclaimer: Crash and burn definition / meaning should not be considered complete, up to date, and is not intended to be used in place of a visit, consultation, or advice of a legal, medical, or any other professional. All content on this website is for informational purposes only.