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debacle

Geography
1. the breaking up of ice in a river during spring or summer, often causing flooding
2. a violent rush of water carrying along debris

debacle

Misfortune; calamity; setback. Pronounced "dee-bock-el."
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This ensuing debacle, wherever it may lead, has as much to do with the electorate having enough of the privileged class lording it over them as it does about the decline of standards in public life.
EVEN BEFORE THE DEBACLES at Enron and WorldCom, the words "black hole" have been at the top of every corporate speechwriter's banned list.
Following the debacle of the Math A Regents exam last June, New York is loosening testing requirements for high school graduation.
Propelled by the Clinton impeachment debacle, a pair of Silicon Valley do-gooders put together an electronic people's campaign to urge congressional leaders to register their grievances and "move on.
This year's A-Level grades debacle will have put some people off marking exams when there is already a general shortage of examiners, Qualification and Curriculum Authority chief executive Dr Ken Boston said.
For those disappointed that 2003 won't be the year of Liza (on reality TV, at least), the disc features the diva's rendition of "We Are the Champions"--a rousing, if strangely drag queen--esque, debacle.
On the West Coast franchise debacle @GiselaStuart: What a shambles.
God forbid, but if there is to be another inquiry then it should be directed at whoever authorised all those millions of pounds of public money to be wasted on this debacle.
LABOUR have called on the Government to hold an emergency summit to help customers affected by the Ulster Bank debacle.
KARACHI, July 13, 2010 (Frontier Star): An-alleged terrorist of Jandullah reportedly involved in City court attack and debacle of Ashura was injured here on Tuesday during cross firing with police in Dhobi-Ghat area of Karachi.
In the ensuing debacle, the doors to the art theater were physically torn off their hinges.
KARACHI, July 13, 2010 (Balochistan Times): An-alleged terrorist of Jandullah reportedly involved in City court attack and debacle of Ashura was injured here on Tuesday during cross firing with police in Dhobi-Ghat area of Karachi.