Definition of an accident waiting to happen in English:

Share this entry

an accident waiting to happen

1A potentially disastrous situation, typically caused by negligent or faulty procedures.
Example sentences
  • The situation was an accident waiting to happen.
  • The situation is an accident waiting to happen and there are already frequent prangs and bumps around the junction.
  • You would think anyone would immediately recognize the situation as an accident waiting to happen.
2A person certain to cause trouble.
Example sentences
  • Idiots like this are an accident waiting to happen and, unfortunately, these accidents rarely affect just the drivers concerned.
  • You have been an accident waiting to happen and have placed many of your fellow citizens in grave danger.
  • Johnson was an accident waiting to happen and the big central defender, Robert Huth, who suffered at right-back against Bayern Munich, switched to the left where he looked even more uncomfortable and uncertain.
See parent entry: accident
Share this entry
 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.