One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A hypothetical sequence of events following the meltdown of a nuclear reactor, in which the core melts through its containment structure and deep into the earth.
- ‘Hedge funds are derivatives on steroids, and the near collapse of one hedge fund nearly caused the financial equivalent of ‘the China syndrome.’’
- ‘This is not a complete dissection of the flimsy arguments that underlie the country's China syndrome on nuclear weapons.’
- ‘It'll be like the China syndrome, but reversed.’
- ‘It may have something to do with the China syndrome.’
1970s: from China (as being on the opposite side of the earth from a reactor in the US).
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