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English definition of “a flash in the pan”

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a flash in the pan

something that is interesting for only a short time: The band was just a flash in the plan with one hit in 2003.
Translations of “a flash in the pan”
in Chinese (Traditional) 曇花一現…
in Russian мимолетный успех…
in Turkish anlık/geçici bir başarı…
in Chinese (Simplified) 昙花一现…
in Polish krótkotrwały sukces…
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