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Often used as an image of speed; Rocket was the name of the steam locomotive (1829) built by George Stephenson (1781–1848) and his son Robert, the prototype for all future steam locomotives.

up like a rocket, down like a stick proverbial saying, late 19th century, meaning that sudden marked success is likely to be followed by equally sudden failure. The saying derives from Thomas Paine' comment on Edmund Burke' losing the House of Commons debate on the French Revolution to Charles James Fox, ‘As he rose like a rocket, he fell like the stick.’

Subjects: Astronomy and Astrophysics.

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