train wreck

noun

variants or less commonly trainwreck
plural train wrecks also trainwrecks
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

Examples of train wreck in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Its big centerpiece is a DJ James Kennedy set at TomTom, the aforementioned train wreck of a bar owned by Lisa Vanderpump that Sandoval and Schwartz have a teeny-tiny stake in. Marlow Stern, Rolling Stone, 30 Jan. 2024 The nostalgia of seeing these classic Doctors back in action isn't enough to save this train wreck. Adam Lujan, EW.com, 14 Dec. 2023 And what could be more empowering than to turn a potential train wreck into an ingenious bit of improv? Owen Thomas, The Christian Science Monitor, 26 Feb. 2024 On paper, Monday’s 75th Emmy Awards should have been a train wreck. Patrick Ryan, USA TODAY, 16 Jan. 2024 As for now, OpenAI is faced with the huge task of making sure that Sora isn’t a misinformation train wreck. Steven Levy, WIRED, 15 Feb. 2024 Among the more serious of these risks is the slow-motion train wreck that is occurring in the commercial-real-estate sector. Desmond Lachman, National Review, 12 Jan. 2024 Calabria, meanwhile, produced a train wreck of a performance. Emmet Gates, Forbes, 30 Nov. 2023 If 2023 was the year of AI hype, the fear is that 2024 is the year the hype train risks becoming a train wreck. Brian Merchant, Los Angeles Times, 14 Dec. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1874, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of train wreck was in 1874

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“Train wreck.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/train%20wreck. Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

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