go up in smoke

[go up in smoke] or [go up in flames] {v. phr.} To burn; bedestroyed by fire. 1.

The house went up in flames.

The barnfull of hay went up in smoke.

2. Disappear; fail; not come true.

Jane's hopes of going to college went up in smoke when her fatherlost his job.

The team's chances to win went up in smoke whentheir captain was hurt.