One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A situation that has been comprehensively mismanaged, characterized by a string of blunders and miscalculations.‘anyone with five minutes to spare, a Maths GCSE, and a calculator could have averted the entire omnishambles by checking the civil servants' sums’
chaos, mess, muddle, confusion, disorder, disarray, disorganization, havoc, mare's nestView synonyms
- ‘It's hard to tell with this omnishambles government if the dog is wagging the tail or the tail wagging the dog.’
- ‘This week the omnishambles that is this country's police reform was laid bare.’
- ‘Around 7000 fans have voiced their opinions on the Scottish football omnishambles through the SFA's national fans survey.’
- ‘Describing the Government's defence policy as an omnishambles would be a compliment.’
- ‘A nation wondered what the next level up from omnishambles was.’
- ‘The change in course is the fourth major U-turn the Chancellor has made since his omnishambles Budget in March.’
- ‘Our incompetent government politicians create omnishambles for a very simple reason—they are doing the wrong job.’
- ‘Every other coalition policy initiative has been an unmitigated omnishambles and this one is going to be different?’
- ‘How long till this turns into an omnishambles - tomorow?’
Early 21st century: from omni- + shambles, first used in the British satirical television series The Thick of It.
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