in flames

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

By analogy with fighter planes being shot down and bursting into flames.

AdverbEdit

in flames ‎(not comparable)

  1. (figuratively, with a verb) Dramatically and with no hope of recovery.

Usage notesEdit

  • Chiefly used in constructions such as "go down in flames" and "shoot down in flames", often in the passive voice