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debacle -- as in: the venture was a debacle
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  • He had been much more successful in obtaining a medal for Yossarian after the debacle of Ferrara, when the bridge spanning the Po was still standing undamaged seven days after Colonel Cathcart had volunteered to destroy it.

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  • Poor policy decisions have turned a minor event into an American debacle.
  • After the debacle in Russia I left the country,
    Richard Connell  --  The Most Dangerous Game

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