disaster

disaster
[[t]dɪzɑ͟ːstə(r), -zæ̱s-[/t]]
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disasters
1) N-COUNT A disaster is a very bad accident such as an earthquake or a plane crash, especially one in which a lot of people are killed.

It was the second air disaster in the region in less than two months...

Many had lost all in the disaster and were destitute.

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2) N-COUNT (emphasis) If you refer to something as a disaster, you are emphasizing that you think it is extremely bad or unacceptable.

The whole production was just a disaster!...

It would be a disaster for them not to reach the semi-finals...

`This tax is a disaster waiting to happen,' said an angry Tory backbencher.

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3) N-UNCOUNT Disaster is something which has very bad consequences for you.

The government brought itself to the brink of fiscal disaster...

`The potential for disaster is enormous,' he says.

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4) PHRASE: v-link PHR If you say that something is a recipe for disaster, you mean that it is very likely to have unpleasant consequences.

English dictionary. 2008.

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