Flash in the Pan

“Flash in the pan: This is a classic dead metaphor. It means a spectacular beginning that is quickly followed by failure. The allusion is to the action of the old flint-lock rifles. Occasionally after being all primed (loaded) to fire, the gun would misfire–there would be a big flash of the gun-powder going off in the lock-pan, but the projectile would not be shot.”

Source: Robby Casteel’s Personal Web Site

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