a disaster waiting to happen

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of a disaster waiting to happen

: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

disaster play
  1. : an unfavorable aspect (see aspect 2a) of a planet or star

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

wait play waiting
  1. : to stay in place in expectation of : await

  2. : to delay serving (a meal)

  3. : to serve as waiter for

  1. : a hidden or concealed position

  2. : a state or attitude of watchfulness and expectancy

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

happen play
  1. : to occur by chance

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

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


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