One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘the coup attempt resulted in an embarrassing debacle’
fiasco, failure, catastrophe, disaster, disintegration, mess, wreck, ruin
downfall, collapse, defeat, rout, overthrow, conquest, trouncing
informal foul-up, screw-up, hash, botch, washout, fail
British informal cock-up, pig's ear, car crash
North American informal snafu
vulgar slang fuck-up, balls-up
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