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Definition an event or enterprise that ends disastrously — especially because of poor planning or preparation
  • 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
  • debacle = an event or enterprise that ends disastrously
  • 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  -- (retrieved 06/28/06)
  • The result was a debacle.
    Brink Lindsey  --  War & the Battle of Ideas  -- (retrieved 06/28/06)
  • 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
  • I see her sitting on the stump petting Karenin's head and ruminating on mankind's debacles.
    Milan Kundera  --  The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  • 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?
    Chang-rae Lee  --  Native Speaker
  • 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
  • She sold few and attributed the debacle to America's fading love of poetry.
    Erik Larson  --  The Devil in the White City
  • 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
  • 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
  • It was a general debacle.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • I was just quietly hopeful that, after the racing debacle, Will was still prepared to leave the annex.
    Jojo Moyes  --  Me Before You
  • "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
  • After the xylophone debacle in band, Lorenzo was adrift.
    Joshua Davis  --  Spare Parts
  • 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
  • He loved to needle him about the Hungary debacle.
    Dave Eggers  --  A Hologram for the King
  • Four days after the Jolly Seventeen debacle Vida Sherwin called and casually blew Carol's world to pieces.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • Miss Marlee wasn't to blame for this whole debacle.
    Kiera Cass  --  The Heir

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