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Poor policy decisions have turned a minor event into an American debacle.
  an event or enterprise that ends disastrously — especially because of poor planning or preparation
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Specialized Meaning:  (older) a violent flood which breaks down opposing barriers, and hurls debris
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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
  • Miss Marlee wasn’t to blame for this whole debacle.
    Kiera Cass  --  The Heir
  • He imagined Trina out there somewhere, being held by the bonfire people, probably even crazier with another day gone and the debacle of the forest fire.
    James Dashner  --  The Kill Order

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  • I buy a couple of hot dogs and down them in a few bites, and it’s only then that I realize I haven’t eaten all day, which makes me think about lunch—and the Vanessa LeGrande debacle.
    Gayle Forman  --  Where She Went
  • And then the insurance debacles, the descent into this health care purgatory.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • After the ID debacle, Ms.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • If a bit of reputation was all I had to show for this debacle, I’d have to do my best to build on it.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • Are you telling me this whole debacle is because of that girl?
    Kass Morgan  --  The 100
  • I was just quietly hopeful that, after the racing debacle, Will was still prepared to leave the annex.
    Jojo Moyes  --  Me Before You

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  • After the xylophone debacle in band, Lorenzo was adrift.
    Joshua Davis  --  Spare Parts
  • He seems utterly oblivious to my shoe debacle.
    Katja Millay  --  The Sea of Tranquility
  • "I’m sorry you didn’t make out with Leslie, kid," Nathan said to me one night after the debacle on Pierrepont Street.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • He loved to needle him about the Hungary debacle.
    Dave Eggers  --  A Hologram for the King
  • Well, she’d have to bear it meekly, much as she disliked it, if she expected to snatch victory from this debacle.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • He showed his displeasure by throwing his books on the living-room floor and stomping up and down the steps and slamming doors and yelling at Dad the moment he got home from work for causing the debacle.
    Homer Hickam  --  October Sky
  • 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.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • When the survivors of the McKinley debacle showed up on the south side of Everest in 1996, Makalu Gau was again their leader.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • It was a general debacle.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • Neddy starts in, and with each barbed question she unearths another corner of the debacle-the six months of back rent, the court hearing, the desperate attempts to cobble together a huge payment-as Cedric stomps in a circle nearby, picking up every syllable.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • All I know is, at that exact moment, the debacle of Los Angeles that I had carried around like some clinking leg iron fell away, and I thought I might be OK.
    Rick Bragg  --  All Over but the Shoutin’
  • I see her sitting on the stump petting Karenin’s head and ruminating on mankind’s debacles.
    Milan Kundera  --  The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  • II Four days after the Jolly Seventeen debacle Vida Sherwin called and casually blew Carol’s world to pieces.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • Following the debacle in the restorative justice meeting, I would have more easily accepted that she’d gone out to buy an Uzi to exact her own justice against Shay Bourne.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Change of Heart
  • …harsh and shapeless denim cut to an iron pattern and sold by the millions—that burlesque uniform and regalia of the tragic burlesque of the sons of Ham; —a slight silent child who could not even speak English, picked suddenly up out of whatever debacle the only life he knew had disintegrated into, by a creature whom he had seen once and learned to dread and fear yet could not flee, held helpless and passive in a state which must have been some incredible compound of horror and trust,…
    William Faulkner  --  Absalom, Absalom!
  • Which meant, Vic assumed, that the kid was using the Zingers debacle to dump them at last.
    Stephen King  --  Cujo
  • She sold few and attributed the debacle to America’s fading love of poetry.
    Erik Larson  --  The Devil in the White City
  • A week after the Bay of Pigs debacle, Kennedy calls his advisers, including Bobby, into the Cabinet Room.
    Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Kennedy
  • There had been a few massive manhunts before, but none like the one that would surely follow this debacle.
    Ted Dekker  --  White: The Great Pursuit
  • Or given me any assignment after my debacle with Luzan, much less one with a man like John Kwang, with whom I might so easily identify? I could regard events in such a way as to see that Dennis has been patiently availing me of the elements with which I might effect my own undoing, all along contriving to witness and test my discipline and loyalty.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  Native Speaker
  • The Wennerström debacle had given rise to an avalanche of dilemmas within the Security Police.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest
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    Stephen King  --  Cujo
  • In Miami, many in the Cuban exile community are bitter about the Bay of Pigs debacle and want revenge.
    Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Kennedy
  • I scanned the local paper, glancing at football matches and village fetes, but was afraid after the racing debacle that Will’s chair might get stuck in the grass.
    Jojo Moyes  --  Me Before You
  • But all that had pushed his credit score below 700, and any kind of loan, let alone a third mortgage — he’d taken out a second before the Banana Republic debacle — was out of reach.
    Dave Eggers  --  A Hologram for the King
  • And in this respect mankind has suffered a fundamental debacle, a debacle so fundamental that all others stem from it.
    Milan Kundera  --  The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  • What can we do in this situation that seems to parallel other famous debacles of dealing with unpopular governments?
    Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Kennedy
  • And in this respect mankind has suffered a fundamental debacle, a debacle so fundamental that all others stem from it.
    Milan Kundera  --  The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  • …tamer’s lash) whose false seeming holds it docile to fear’s hand but which is not, which if this be fidelity, fidelity only to the prime fixed principle of its own savageness; —Clytie who in the very pigmentation of her flesh represented that debacle which had brought Judith and me to what we were and which had made of her (Clyne) that which she declined to be just as she had declined to be that from which its purpose had been to emancipate her, as though presiding aloof upon the new,…
    William Faulkner  --  Absalom, Absalom!
  • The policy resulted in an unprecidented environmental debacle.
  • That mission certainly has not gone as the Bush administration planned, and it is roughly midway between a disappointment and a debacle.
    Ted Galen Carpenter  --  Free Speech for Generals  -- 06/28/06)
  • The result was a debacle.
    Brink Lindsey  --  War & the Battle of Ideas  -- 06/28/06)
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