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Difference between Go down in flames and Go up in flames

go down in flames

1. be destroyed by fire:

  • When the house went down in flames, the mayor accused McCown’s followers of burning it.

2. (also: go down in smoke) fail or end suddenly; come to nothing:

  • It’s interesting to look back and see how many of our plans went down in flames.

go up in flames—(also: go up in smoke)

1. = go down in flames 1:

  • A spark from the unscreened fireplace set fire to a bear rug and the house went up in flames.

2. = go down in flames 2:

  • Unfortunately, that whole project went up in flames because those guys ended up in a bitter quarrel.