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jump the shark

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jump the shark rate
(Expression) to have a ridiculous experience after which one's appeal sharply declines
Usage: Dismissive fans of Tom Cruise snarked that he jumped the shark with his cuckoo couch-bouncy on "Oprah".

jump the shark rate
(Expression) (Slang, metaphorical): Past its prime (like a television series); "It's all downhill from here"; uncomfortably improbable.
Usage: One knew "Happy Days'" happy days were behind it when the quintessentially urban/suburban Fonz, leather jacket and all, literally water-skied over a shark - and "jump the shark" thereby became a phrase.


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