The act of gradually destroying your own success, or burning up your good will.
Even though Nicolas Cage
is one of the highest paid celebrities
in the world, the actor
and lives paycheck-to-paycheck to afford his millionaire
lifestyle (he owns castles, plural). So now the more terrible movies he does (just to get paid), the more people forget what they liked about him. He's downward spiraling. He's Nicolas Caging.
AKA the slow, humiliating Crash and burn
"How's my new job going? Honestly, I should update my resume, because I am just Nicolas Caging this thing into the ground."
"Our first date
was going really well, but then I told her like a hundred knock-knock jokes. Yeah, she pretty much lost interest once I started Nicolas Caging..."
"Did you hear about that guy who won the lottery
and is now on welfare? That's some hard-core Nicolas Caging right there."