dumpster fire


variants or less commonly Dumpster fire
US, informal
: an utterly calamitous or mismanaged situation or occurrence : disaster
Reese and McAdoo take the fall for what has been a dumpster fire of a season, one which has them at 2-10 on the season, and in line for one of the top two picks in the 2018 NFL Draft.James Kratch
So while 2017 has been, by many measures, a complete dumpster fire of a year, New Yorkers can at the very least take refuge in the fact that their city is becoming an even safer place to live.Clayton Guse

Examples of dumpster fire in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The fallout of the assertion about Meek, and his ensuing response, became a quintessential X dumpster fire, where quote posts and memes flew at a feverish pace by people trying to go viral. Andre Gee, Rolling Stone, 29 Feb. 2024 The Niners, meanwhile, had crashed and burned after Jim Harbaugh bolted from the Bay, bottoming out with a 2-14 dumpster fire in the fall of 2016. Sean Keeler, The Denver Post, 2 Feb. 2024 The shows are a dumpster fire of rivalries and resentments with a rabid fan base. Julie Hinds, Detroit Free Press, 1 Feb. 2024 Since then, the football team left town and has been a virtually continuous dumpster fire, yet all anyone around here seems to pine for is the glory days of the R*$%@!*s. Teo Armus, Washington Post, 13 Dec. 2023 All of which served as excellent distractions from the dumpster fire that is life on Earth in 2023. Amy Phillips, Pitchfork, 16 Oct. 2023 Griffith Police and firefighters were called at 8:31 p.m. May 30, 2022 for a reported dumpster fire at VIP Lounge, 2045 W. Glen Park Ave., located near the Highland/Griffith border. Meredith Colias-Pete, Chicago Tribune, 9 Aug. 2023 Read the full Aquarius Daily Horoscope Pisces (February 19 - March 20) Your day may turn into a dumpster fire! USA TODAY, 22 June 2023 But now, Twitter feels like an absolute rotten fish dumpster fire. Jennifer Jolly, USA TODAY, 11 July 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

2006, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of dumpster fire was in 2006

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“Dumpster fire.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dumpster%20fire. Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

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