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Idiom of the week – a Flash in the pan

Posted by englishlessons on November 15, 2013


something that is very promising but proves disappointing


We thought this technology was going to be very successful, but it was just a flash in the pan.

Proving they are not a flash in the pan, that social media company has become very profitable.

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This idiom comes from gold panning where prospectors got a quick shimmer in the bottom of the pan, which turned out to be only a flake of gold and did not lead to a bigger deposit.

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