train wreck

noun
|Updated on: 15 Aug 2018

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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First Known Use of train wreck

1874

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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