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The meaning of "shoot down in flames"

" Shoot down in flames "
Meaning:
Destroy an argument or theory.
Example:
They sent their perpetual motion ideas to the Royal Society. Of course, it was all nonsense and they were shot down in flames.
Where did it originate?:
Britain, 1940s. An allusion to fighter planes being shot down.
Where is it used?:
Worldwide, although rather old-fashioned.
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