China Syndrome


Examples of China Syndrome in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web His other credits included The China Syndrome (1979), Melvin and Howard (1980), Revenge of the Nerds (1984), The Golden Child (1986), Dead Poets Society (1989), National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989) and Postcards From the Edge (1990). Mike Barnes, The Hollywood Reporter, 13 Sep. 2023 Crisis, the latest film from writer-director Nicholas Jarecki, yearns to be a socially conscious thriller laced with moral cynicism and taut suspense in the vein of Silkwood and The China Syndrome. Maureen Lee Lenker,, 26 Feb. 2021

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Word History


from the notion that the molten reactor contents could hypothetically sink through the earth to reach China

First Known Use

1970, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of China Syndrome was in 1970

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“China Syndrome.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Dec. 2023.

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