shoot something down in flames

shoot someone down in flames = shoot something down in flames

forcefully destroy an argument or proposal.

1999 - BBC Top Gear Magazine - I’ve been shot down in flames by the boys in the Top Gear office for saying this, but I reckon the Porsche Boxster has to be one of the most beautifully sculpted bits of artwork going.


run something up the flagpole

test the popularity of a new idea or proposal

The idea behind this expression is of hoisting a particular flag to see who salutes.

an old flame

a former lover – informal

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