in the first flush

in the first flush

in a state of freshness and vigour

The exact origins of flush as a noun are unknown. Early senses share the idea of a sudden rush or abundance of something like water, growth of grass or emotion.

1997 - Tom Petsinis - The French Mathematician – A month ago, in the first flush of enthusiasm... I tackled the classic problem of trisecting an angle using only a compass and straightedge.


a busted flush

someone or something that has not fulfilled expectations

a failure - US informal

In the game of poker, a busted flush is a sequence of cards of one suit that you fail to complete.

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