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phoenix (noun) a magical bird, burning itself after a long life and being reborn from its own ashes.

A phoenix is a mythical bird that lives for 500 years and sets itself on fire and is reborn from the ashes. We come across this bird in European mythology. Rising like a phoenix therefore means getting success or becoming prosperous after complete failure. If a person fails totally and becomes successful again, we say they rise like a phoenix.

  • The company which everyone had thought had collapsed rose like a phoenix. Because of its new policies it made huge profits last year, upsetting everyone's predictions.
  • Japan is a fine example of a nation rising like a phoenix. Completely shattered in World War II, it has risen to be a giant industrial power in a matter of a few decades.
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