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Definitiona 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)
- Like everything else in my life, here comes another fiasco.Athol Fugard -- Master Harold...and the Boys
- 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
- 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
- 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
- I assumed my talent-show fiasco meant I never had to play the piano again.Amy Tan -- The Joy Luck Club
fiasco = complete failure
fiasco = a complete failure
fiasco = something that was a complete failure