Definition of fiasco in English:

fiasco

Line breaks: fi¦asco
Pronunciation: /fɪˈaskəʊ
 
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noun (plural fiascos)

  • A complete failure, especially a ludicrous or humiliating one: his plans turned into a fiasco
    More example sentences
    • 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.
    • At the start of the new millennium, the corporate world witnessed major fiascos and ethical blunders.
    • It was a fiasco and a disaster, but the courage of the soldiers impressed even the Russians.
    Synonyms
    failure, disaster, catastrophe, debacle, shambles, farce, mess, wreck, ruin, ruination, blunder, botch, abortion
    informal flop, washout, dud, hash, lead balloon, foul-up, screw-up, fail
    British informal pig's ear, cock-up
    North American informal snafu
    Australian/New Zealand informal fizzer
    vulgar slang fuck-up, balls-up

Origin

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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