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Definition a complete failure — typically humiliating

Much more rarely, fiasco may reference a traditional Italian wine bottle (covered with straw).
  • Their battle plan was a fiasco. They were in retreat after five minutes.
  • I have fallen from a height, and my fiasco has made no noise.
    Henry James  --  The American
  • The production was a fiasco.
  • Much was learned from the Hurricane Katrina fiasco.
  • I think the football team would be very curious to find out just who was responsible for yesterday's fiasco.
    Dav Pilkey  --  Captain Underpants (# 1)
  • fiasco = complete failure
  • Like everything else in my life, here comes another fiasco.
    Athol Fugard  --  Master Harold...and the Boys
  • fiasco = a complete failure
  • After the fiasco at Rubicam's Business College, the idea of getting a gentleman caller for Laura began to play a more and more important part in Mother's calculations.
    Tennessee Williams  --  The Glass Menagerie
  • fiasco = something that was a complete failure
  • When she was asked why the previous year's exposé of Wennerström had been such a fiasco, she was even more delphic.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • Are you familiar with the term fiasco?
    Scott Pratt  --  An Innocent Client
  • A bit wiser after the dwarf-ghost fiasco, I listened to the children recite story after story of ghosts who walked the island by night.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • The Battle of Brooklyn—the Battle of Long Island as it would be later known—had been a fiasco.
    David G. McCullough  --  1776
  • Er... well, it was...' said Harry, pulling a dish of rhubarb crumble towards him and helping himself to seconds, 'a complete fiasco, now you mention it.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • Beyond this there was nothing in the manner of their leaving to suggest a fiasco, or that they were not going together to visit friends.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d'Urbervilles
  • His voice was louder now "They assigned us to take part in the worst civil rights fiasco since the War of 2020.
    James Dashner  --  The Kill Order
  • The Pentecost next after Lancelot's first quest was almost a fiasco.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • Six hours after this fiasco, Alma returned to finish drawing my blood.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Change of Heart
  • At least this fiasco wouldn't last a week.
    P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast  --  Marked
  • It was possible that the whole thing might end up a fiasco, complete with jabbing elbows and bumping heads and disappointment in the end.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Guardian
  • I assumed my talent-show fiasco meant I never had to play the piano again.
    Amy Tan  --  The Joy Luck Club
  • This year, so close on the heels of the birthday/baptism fiasco, and with Hunter still too young to care, Halloween was a non-event.
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Glass

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