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Idiom of the week – a Flash in the pan

Posted by englishlessons on November 15, 2013

Definition:

something that is very promising but proves disappointing

Examples:

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.

Picture it:

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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