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English definition of “crash and burn”

crash and burn

informal
to fail very suddenly, obviously, and completely: In this business, new products often crash and burn.Failing and doing badly
(Definition of crash and burn from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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