train wreck


Definition of train wreck

1 : a violent and destructive crash involving a train
2 : an utter disaster or mess : a disastrous calamity or source of trouble Six months later, with Washington facing a political train wreck in Iraq, whom did it call? The United Nations.— Fareed Zakaria The train wreck that was Florence Ballard could not be hidden anymore. … Those shows went on without a hitch, but with Ballard progressively drinking harder, disaster awaited them as they trekked from Miami to play several college dates across the South.— Mark Ballard … to create what is termed on Capitol Hill a train wreck—a budget crisis so awful that the President would have to seriously negotiate, and yield on taxes.— Elizabeth Drew

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Raymond Arroyo is here with a report on Emmy Award train wreck. Fox News, "Ingraham: The rush to judgment and injustice for Kavanaugh," 18 Sep. 2018 Snipes has been a train wreck for the better part of two decades. Jane Coaston, Vox, "Brenda Snipes says she won’t resign as Broward County election supervisor after all," 3 Dec. 2018 Although there is no evidence that either engineer was under the influence of drugs or alcohol, a pair of recent Amtrak train wrecks in South Carolina and Washington state have increased scrutiny of commercial transportation. Washington Post, "Failed federal drug tests among transportation workers soar by 77 percent amid opioid epidemic," 7 Feb. 2018 The BerryDunn report painted VermontHealthConnect as a slow-motion train wreck, but Larson was confident. Lynnley Browning, Newsweek, "Doubling Down on Obamacare," 6 Feb. 2014 Like the time in Lake Tahoe where the atmosphere was like a train wreck — people talking, TV blaring. Cindy Atoji Keene,, "This speaking coach will help you get rid of the hitch in your pitch," 23 June 2018 This is not Markle’s first train wreck of a pass through the press. Breanna Edwards, The Root, "Meghan Markle’s Dad Claims Prince Harry Told Him to ‘Give Donald Trump a Chance’," 18 June 2018 Earlier this year, Burbey touched off a controversy with a negative social media post about Republicans after several GOP members of Congress were injured in a train wreck on their way to a conference. Allan Vought, The Aegis, "Moving back to classroom, Harford teachers union leader steps down," 6 July 2018 Here’s something that few would have predicted last summer: Twitter stock, which has been a relative train wreck for most of the past few years, is suddenly at a three-year high. Kurt Wagner, Recode, "Twitter stock is at a three-year high. What is going on?," 13 June 2018

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First Known Use of train wreck

1874, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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