Definition of fiasco in English:



  • A thing that is a complete failure, especially in a ludicrous or humiliating way.

    ‘his plans turned into a fiasco’
    • ‘At the start of the new millennium, the corporate world witnessed major fiascos and ethical blunders.’
    • ‘The first is that the Americans attacked before they were really ready, either because of the diplomatic fiascos with Turkey and in the UN, or due to pressure to beat the summer heat.’
    • ‘If Namibia was a real constitutional democracy, President Nujoma should have been called to clear up scandals, fiascos and debacles that have characterized, mainly, the last five years of his rule.’
    • ‘The paper was forced to publish a humiliating front page apology for the fiasco the following day.’
    • ‘Also, it was about hearing stories of people who have failed or in their time success never happened, but in fact their fiascos and disasters turned into triumphs that few people could have expected.’
    • ‘The recent fiasco over parking charges has demonstrated their arrogance and incompetence.’
    • ‘When we see true ‘dictatorship,’ as opposed to yet another permutation of Parliamentary fiascos, we will see it in the eyes of the hysterical, not from their mouths.’
    • ‘Remembering the Government's record on previous computer purchase fiascos this is scheduled to be another expensive disaster.’
    • ‘Large events such as the Olympics and Commonwealth Games are often plagued by budget overruns, slack ticket sales and venue fiascos but bad publicity about Manchester has been notably absent.’
    • ‘Scotland Yard immediately launched an internal inquiry into the handling of the cases against both butlers which are estimated to have cost £2m and ended in one of the biggest legal fiascos in recent years.’
    • ‘It was a fiasco and a disaster, but the courage of the soldiers impressed even the Russians.’
    • ‘If there are any baking fiascos this year with the bread I'm going to quit this tradition and just start making bunnies out of Rice Krispy treats.’
    • ‘Of course, there is also the parade of endless cartoons, strangely addictive infomercials, public access fiascos and creepy children's programming when the movie selection gets too boring.’
    • ‘Let us hope they can avoid the procurement fiascos of the old JPS program by implementing revised procurement procedures for contract awards (as suggested herein).’
    • ‘By contrast, Churchill was keen to distance himself from various amphibious fiascos, especially the defeat at Dieppe in August 1942, which nobody can remember ordering.’
    • ‘Saturday's losing team, meanwhile, apologised for one of the biggest soccer fiascos Germany has ever suffered, expressing shame and remorse for only their second ever World Cup qualifying defeat.’
    • ‘A string of fiascos define Surrey's infamy in the media: home invasions, racial tension, murders, drugs, and a horribly misguided school board.’
    • ‘I hope none of you were ensnared in the Comair-USAir fiascos!’
    • ‘Those inclined to believe in the ‘guiding hand’ of the Creator would doubtless deduce that he is squarely on the prince's side too, since the lecture fortuitously coincided with two more GM fiascos.’
    failure, disaster, catastrophe, debacle, shambles, farce, mess, wreck, ruin, ruination, blunder, botch, abortion
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Mid 19th century: from Italian, literally ‘bottle, flask’, in the phrase far fiasco, literally ‘make a bottle’, figuratively ‘fail in a performance’: the reason for the figurative sense is unexplained.