Definition of omnishambles in English:

omnishambles

Line breaks: omni|sham¦bles
Pronunciation: /ˈɒmnɪʃamb(ə)lz
 
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noun

British informal
A situation that has been comprehensively mismanaged, characterized by a string of blunders and miscalculations: anyone with five minutes to spare, a Maths GCSE, and a calculator could have averted the entire omnishambles by checking the civil servants' sums
More example sentences
  • Our incompetent government politicians create omnishambles for a very simple reason—they are doing the wrong job.
  • This week the omnishambles that is this country's police reform was laid bare.
  • Around 7000 fans have voiced their opinions on the Scottish football omnishambles through the SFA's national fans survey.

Origin

early 21st century: from omni- + shambles, first used in the British satirical television series The Thick of It.

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