Meaning of “go up in flames” in the English Dictionary

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"go up in flames" in British English

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go up in flames

to burn or be destroyed by fire:

The factory went up in flames.

to be damaged or destroyed:

His career went up in flames when he was jailed for theft.

(Definition of “go up in flames” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)