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.
failure, disaster, catastrophe, debacle, shambles, farce, mess, wreck, ruin, ruination, blunder, botch, abortion
British informal pig's ear, cock-up
North American informal snafu
Australian/New Zealand informal fizzer
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.