Any endeavor which fails in an awe-inspiring or spectacular manner. Origin of phrase taken from old WW1 movies where the Red Baron shoots down an opposing French or British biplane fighter, which then spirals down out of control, trailing a long streamer of flame and smoke from burning fuel.
Did you see Joe trying to hit up that hot chick at the club last night? She took one look at his geeky 70's clothes, haircut, and nerdy glasses, and shot him down in flames without even opening her mouth to say a word!
by ctsurv553 October 23, 2015