Lightning In A Bottle
(Can we verify(+) this sense?) (obsolete) Stored electricity, as in a capacitor.
Example: 1941, Nevada State Journal, 8 October 1941:
The Yanks were the dominant team throughout, outhitting, outfielding, outpitching and outmaneuvering the Dodgers. Brooklyn was not outgamed but the Dodgers, to use Lippy Leo Durocherâ€™s favorite expression, went out to try to catch lightning in a bottle.
1992, Herbert F. Crehan, Lightning in a Bottle: The Sox of â€™67:
Their fate remained in doubt until the very last game of the season. This truly was a team that captured lightning in a bottle.
2011, Jeff May, The Wall Street Journal, â€œAfter the One-Hit Wonder: They hit it big. Really big. But then what?â€, June 13, 2011:
We tracked down four people who introduced some of the most popular fad items of the past few decades to find out how they handled their sudden prosperityâ€”and rapid exit from the limelight. Some were relaxing and enjoying their spoils. Others were trying to capture lightning in a bottle one more time.
2013, Matt Hartley, â€œNo plan B: How BlackBerry has been a hostage to its own early successâ€, Financial Post, 2013â€“08â€“17:
Just like rock bands, authors and Hollywood stars, technology companies can often attribute their rise to the top to a single smash hit. For those lucky few who are talented and lucky enough to catch lightning in a bottle, that single No. 1 album, best-selling book or syndicated television program can be enough to carry their career, and them, for a lifetime.
1829, The Lancet, Volume 1, p. 230:
Were you to tell a savage that you could navigate the air, that you could explode the solid graniteâ€”that you could shut up the lightning in a bottleâ€”â€¦
1867, Harperâ€™s New Monthly Magazine, Volume 34, p. 128:
But they say Franklin succeeded in putting lightning in a bottle and corking it.â€ â€œOh yes Sir; I have often seen what they called â€˜bottled lightningâ€™ down in Jersey, but I believe it has never been successfully used in telegraphing!â€