Definition of an accident waiting to happen in English:

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an accident waiting to happen

informal A potentially disastrous situation, typically caused by negligent or faulty procedures: people living near the site where the boy was crushed to death said it was an accident waiting to happen
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  • 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.
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