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English definition of “crash-and-burn”

crash-and-burn

adjective uk   /ˌkræʃ.əndˈbɜːn/ us    /-ˈbɝːn/ informal
making you fail or feel as if you have failed: It's that crash-and-burn moment of stepping on the scale and realizing you have put on weight rather than lost it.Informal words for badRubbish and wasteSerious and unpleasantNot of good quality
(Definition of crash-and-burn adjective from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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