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The meaning of "shoot down in flames"

" Shoot down in flames "
Destroy an argument or theory.
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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