catastrophic error

catastrophic error

[‚kad·ə¦sträf·ik ′er·ər]
(computer science)
A situation in which so many errors are detected in a computer program that its compilation or execution is automatically terminated.
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Then, with their numbers dangerously depleted, the detective team makes a catastrophic error that could have a shocking outcome.
I'm absolutely convinced they've made a catastrophic error.
This catastrophic error is a sign of the chaos and incompetence at the heart of this Conservative government.
STANDING in Downing Street with the look of a rabbit caught in the headlights of an onrushing juggernaut, stunned Theresa May is a Conservative leader paralysed by her own catastrophic error.
The football authorities recently made the catastrophic error of having Premier League fixtures the same weekend as the FA Cup final - an error that was quickly rectified.
Two updates for the Surface Pro stops the tablet from waking up unexpectedly, and avoids catastrophic error messages when the cover is detached.
SIMON MOORE After so long waiting in the wings, the goalkeeper's big day was ruined by a catastrophic error which handed Fulham a goal.
It was the hosts who made the brighter start and went ahead on 20 minutes after a catastrophic error in the Vale defence.
He said: "This catastrophic error of judgment - hiring Andy Coulson, hanging on to him too long - directly contributed to the position Sir Paul found himself in and his decision to resign.
For those of us not familiar with the slang term and title of this book, Screwing the Pooch, here are a few definitions: 1) to do something the wrong way, 2) to make a catastrophic error, and 3) to goldbrick--all negative behaviors, and it is this negative or dark side of life that these short stories have in common.
When Holmes struck oil in 1932, Britain and America scrambled to rectify their catastrophic error of judgement.
But international health officials believe a flu pandemic is overdue, and failure to adequately plan a response would be a catastrophic error.
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