Definition of omnishambles in English:

omnishambles

noun

British
informal
  • 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’
    • ‘This week the omnishambles that is this country's police reform was laid bare.’
    • ‘Our incompetent government politicians create omnishambles for a very simple reason—they are doing the wrong job.’
    • ‘A nation wondered what the next level up from omnishambles was.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘Describing the Government's defence policy as an omnishambles would be a compliment.’
    • ‘It's hard to tell with this omnishambles government if the dog is wagging the tail or the tail wagging the dog.’
    • ‘The change in course is the fourth major U-turn the Chancellor has made since his omnishambles Budget in March.’
    • ‘Around 7000 fans have voiced their opinions on the Scottish football omnishambles through the SFA's national fans survey.’
    chaos, mess, muddle, confusion, disorder, disarray, disorganization, havoc, mare's nest
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Origin

Early 21st century: from omni- + shambles, first used in the British satirical television series The Thick of It.

Pronunciation

omnishambles

/ˈɒmnɪʃamb(ə)lz/