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a disaster waiting to happen

Definition of a disaster waiting to happen

  1. :  something that will probably have a very bad or tragic result <Opponents say the government's policy is a disaster waiting to happen.>



Word by Word Definitions

disasterplay
  1. :  an unfavorable aspect of a planet or star

    :  a sudden calamitous event bringing great damage, loss, or destruction

    :  a sudden or great misfortune or failure

waitplay waiting
  1. :  to stay in place in expectation of :  await

    :  to delay serving (a meal)

    :  to serve as waiter for

  1. :  a state or attitude of watchfulness and expectancy

    :  one of a band of public musicians in England employed to play for processions or public entertainments

    :  one of a group who serenade for gratuities especially at the Christmas season

happenplay
  1. :  to come into being or occur as an event, process, or result

    :  to do, encounter, or attain something by or as if by chance

    :  to meet or discover something by chance


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