Noun Fiasco Definition and Examples







A complete failure, especially a ludicrous or humiliating one.
  1. 'Saturday's losing team, meanwhile, apologised for one of the biggest soccer fiascos Germany has ever suffered, expressing shame and remorse for only their second ever World Cup qualifying defeat.'
  2. 'Scotland Yard immediately launched an internal inquiry into the handling of the cases against both butlers which are estimated to have cost £2m and ended in one of the biggest legal fiascos in recent years.'
  3. 'A string of fiascos define Surrey's infamy in the media: home invasions, racial tension, murders, drugs, and a horribly misguided school board.'
  4. 'If Namibia was a real constitutional democracy, President Nujoma should have been called to clear up scandals, fiascos and debacles that have characterized, mainly, the last five years of his rule.'
  5. 'The recent fiasco over parking charges has demonstrated their arrogance and incompetence.'
  6. 'By contrast, Churchill was keen to distance himself from various amphibious fiascos, especially the defeat at Dieppe in August 1942, which nobody can remember ordering.'
  7. 'At the start of the new millennium, the corporate world witnessed major fiascos and ethical blunders.'
  8. 'Of course, there is also the parade of endless cartoons, strangely addictive infomercials, public access fiascos and creepy children's programming when the movie selection gets too boring.'
  9. 'If there are any baking fiascos this year with the bread I'm going to quit this tradition and just start making bunnies out of Rice Krispy treats.'
  10. 'The paper was forced to publish a humiliating front page apology for the fiasco the following day.'
((n.) A complete or ridiculous failure, esp. of a musical performance, or of any pretentious undertaking.)

noun, plural fiascos, fiascoes.

1. a complete and ignominious failure.

2. a round-bottomed glass flask for wine, especially Chianti, fitted with a woven, protective raffia basket that also enables the bottle to stand upright.


"fiascos can be in places."
"years can have fiascos."
"fiascos can be with people."
"fiascos can be on dates."
"failures can have fiascos."
"fiascos can be with people/places/organizations."
"fiascos can be with governments."
"fiascos can be to organizations."
"fiascos can be to ends."
"fiascos can be to billionses."
"fiascos can be over results."
"fiascos can be over programmes."
"fiascos can be over devaluations."
"fiascos can be over announcements."
"fiascos can be on unprecendenteds."
"fiascos can be on leaders."
"fiascos can be on hills."
"weeks can have fiascos."
"toys can have fiascos."
"things can have fiascos."
"fiascos can seem things due to lacks."
"fiascos can seem things due to fears."
"fiascos can seem things due to advisers."
"fiascos can ring bells in minds."
"fiascos can make things for places."
"fiascos can deepen gulfs between places."
"fiascos can deepen gulfs between factions."
"fiascos can accuse of things."
"fiascos can start in/at/on weeks."
"fiascos can spread in/at/on mornings."
"fiascos can spread all over papers."
"fiascos can seem due to lacks."
"fiascos can seem due to fears."
"fiascos can seem due to advisers."
"fiascos can ring in minds."
"fiascos can result in resignations."
"fiascos can reflect on members."
"fiascos can make for places."
"fiascos can lead to months."
"fiascos can happen at airports."

Mid 19th century: from Italian, literally ‘bottle, flask’, in the phrase far fiasco, literally ‘make a bottle’, figuratively ‘fail in a performance’: the reason for the figurative sense is unexplained.

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