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flash in the pan

Definition of flash in the pan in English:

A thing or person whose sudden but brief success is not repeated or repeatable: our start to the season was just a flash in the pan
[with allusion to priming of a firearm, the flash arising from an explosion of gunpowder within the lock]
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  • And his form so far this season has proved that his success last year was no flash in the pan.
  • It is not a flash in the pan but something that's been maintained over a long period.
  • Organising a music festival in India and battling the Indian bureaucracy was not exactly an easy affair for this group, but they seem confident about making this more than just a flash in the pan.
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