Definition of an accident waiting to happen in English:

an accident waiting to happen

phrase

  • 1A potentially disastrous situation, typically caused by negligent or faulty procedures.

    • ‘While the tragedy was an accident, it was an accident waiting to happen.’
    • ‘IT MAY be slap bang in the middle of a shipping channel and regarded as an accident waiting to happen - but the city's controversial swing bridge is nearing completion.’
    • ‘We are really angry because this is an accident waiting to happen and I'm sure that it will happen again.’
    • ‘The exit from there is very limited so we've ended up with another traffic hazard which is an accident waiting to happen.’
    • ‘The Ballitore Hill junction that leads from the busy N9 motor-way into the village of Ballitore, is according to one local resident, an accident waiting to happen.’
    • ‘It's an accident waiting to happen, particularly with the amount of small children in this area,’ she added.’
    • ‘The situation is an accident waiting to happen and there are already frequent prangs and bumps around the junction.’
    • ‘You would think anyone would immediately recognize the situation as an accident waiting to happen.’
    • ‘‘It was an accident waiting to happen,’ he said.’
    • ‘Mr Baker said: ‘This has been an ongoing problem for years and is an accident waiting to happen.’’
    • ‘But that stretch of road is awful, an accident waiting to happen.’
    • ‘With all the kids in the park it will be mayhem - an accident waiting to happen.’
    • ‘Ward councillor Tim Young said: ‘It is a death trap and an accident waiting to happen.’’
    • ‘‘His death was, in my judgment, the result of an accident waiting to happen in circumstances where there was a clear and foreseeable risk of injury or worse,’ said Judge Paul Hoffman.’
    • ‘This is an accident waiting to happen and if this dog does attack a child then I hope the judge can live with his decision.’
    • ‘The road is a busy, sweeping bend and although you couldn't describe it as an accident blackspot, people are concerned that the state of the road at present is an accident waiting to happen.’
    • ‘The situation was an accident waiting to happen.’
    • ‘In an editorial, the paper said it was an accident waiting to happen and urged aviation authorities to re-examine their safety procedures.’
    • ‘As I have said in recent weeks, this is an accident waiting to happen and the recent rain has made the ground slippy and dangerous for even the nimblest of people.’
    • ‘He has been corresponding with North Vancouver District for 16 months attempting to get some sort of pedestrian control on the stretch of road which he thinks is an accident waiting to happen.’
  • 2A person certain to cause trouble.

    • ‘Johnson was an accident waiting to happen and the big central defender, Robert Huth, who suffered at right-back against Bayern Munich, switched to the left where he looked even more uncomfortable and uncertain.’
    • ‘You have been an accident waiting to happen and have placed many of your fellow citizens in grave danger.’
    • ‘Idiots like this are an accident waiting to happen and, unfortunately, these accidents rarely affect just the drivers concerned.’