a flash in the pan Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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Meaning of “a flash in the pan” in the English Dictionary

"a flash in the pan" in British English

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a flash in the pan

something that ​happened only ​once or for a ​shorttime and was not ​repeated: Sadly, ​theirsuccess was just a flash in the ​pan.
(Definition of a flash in the pan from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"a flash in the pan" in American English

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a flash in the pan

something that is ​interesting for only a ​shorttime: The ​band was just a flash in the ​plan with one ​hit in 2003.
(Definition of a flash in the pan from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “a flash in the pan”
in Chinese (Simplified) 昙花一现…
in Turkish anlık/geçici bir başarı…
in Russian мимолетный успех…
in Chinese (Traditional) 曇花一現…
in Polish krótkotrwały sukces…
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