• Simplified
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Idiom
flash in the pan
short-lived
 
 
Meaning
something brilliant that lasts for a short period of time and is not likely to be repeated
 
 
Usage
I think his first novel was a flash in the pan. His other novels are nowhere near as good.
 
 
Usage
The New Year's Eve fireworks were magnificent, but very short-lived.
 
 
Story
The expression 曇花一現 literally means the epiphyllum's flower appears briefly and comes from 《妙法蓮華經?方便品》.
 
 
Story
The expression flash in the pan alludes to the firing of the gunpowder in the pan (small hollow) of a musket and the fact that sometimes the flint flashed but failed to ignite the charge.
 
 
成語
 
 
意思
便
 
 
應用
 
 
應用
 
 
故事
?便》。
 
 
故事
flash in the pan