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Examples of debacle in a Sentence
- What a debacle. Next thing he knew, one of the patients would turn up dead. —T. Coraghessan Boyle, The Road to Wellville, 1993
- So what had been intended as an orderly hearing ended in a general debacle, for as soon as Fray Domingo saw his protector dragged toward the exit door, he leaped at the guards and began pummeling them. —James A. Michener, Texas, 1985
- Savings themselves evaporate in the course of such a debacle and thus the very wherewithal for reversing and retrieving the situation is lost … —Jane Jacobs, Cities and the Wealth of Nations, 1984
After the debacle of his first novel, he had trouble getting a publisher for his next book.
the financial debacle that was the stock market crash of 1929
Recent Examples of debacle from the Web
Malzahn said afterward that the 28-point quarter was just what the offense needed to get past last week's debacle on the Bayou.
But right now, this doesn't feel like your older brother's Purdue: AKA the Darrell Hazell-Danny Hope debacle years.
But for all this scandal in headlines, the whole debacle is not the first, or even the second, or even the third time the EPA has discovered automakers skirting emissions standards.
Appalled, G-T's James Day writes the Andersen debacle has left OSU in a very deep hole.
The Turkish Treasury, which has a 25 percent stake in the operator, gave Otas 60 days from early August to find a solution to the debt debacle
For his brilliance in buying an aircraft company that was literally flying itself into the ground, Schrempp was made CEO of Daimler and — having learned no lessons from his Fokker debacle — immediately purchased Chrysler.
To Khan, the president's Gold Star family debacle is merely the latest evidence of his unfitness for office.
The Louisville football team turned in its worst performance of the season Saturday against Boston College, losing a 45-42 debacle at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium.
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The Origin of debacle is French
Debacle comes from the French noun débâcle, which comes from the verb débâcler, meaning "to clear," "to unbolt," or "to unbar." That verb is from Middle French desbacler, which joined the prefix des- (equivalent to our de-, meaning "to do the opposite of") with the verb "bacler" ("to block"). In its original uses, "debacle" meant a breaking up of ice, or the rush of ice or water that follows such an occurrence. Eventually, "debacle" was used also to mean "a violent, destructive flood." Naturally, such uses led to meanings such as "a breaking up," "collapse," and finally "disaster" or "fiasco."
Origin and Etymology of debacle
First Known Use: 1802See Words from the same year
Synonymsapocalypse, calamity, cataclysm, catastrophe, disaster (also débâcle), tragedy
Antonymsblockbuster, hit, smash, success, winner
Related Wordsbloodbath, collapse, crash, meltdown; Armageddon, doomsday, end-time; convulsion, paroxysm, upheaval; accident, casualty, fatality; misadventure, mischance, misfortune, mishap; blast, blow, double whammy, one-two (or one-two punch)
Near Antonymsgodsend, manna, windfall
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