Definition of omnishambles in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈɒmnɪʃamb(ə)lz/


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
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  • A nation wondered what the next level up from omnishambles was.
  • The change in course is the fourth major U-turn the Chancellor has made since his omnishambles Budget in March.
  • Describing the Government's defence policy as an omnishambles would be a compliment.


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

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