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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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. In fact, other nations already have plans that are more sophisticated and better developed than the one Bush outlined last week.
Anyone could have told Harry that what he was doing was a catastrophic error - apart from the Duchess of York, the one family member to support him.
The final blow was Mary's flight to England which Dawson calls a "catastrophic error of judgement" (155).
The official published petroleum supply statistics are not changed to reflect revisions until publication of the Petroleum Supply Annual (PSA), except in cases of catastrophic error.
"Putting Tommy Robinson front and centre, whilst Brexit is in the process of being betrayed is, in my view, a catastrophic error. To conflate Brexit and Robinson at this crucial moment is to put the Eurosceptic cause in danger and I cannot and will not be party to that.
But jailing him, Judge Simon Bourne-Arton QC said Cheung had made a "catastrophic error of judgment" in conditions that "called for extra careful driving."
This would probably be the cheapest option, but even the most pennywise and unromantic of MPs recognise this would be a catastrophic error.
You have no previous convictions and have built up a successful business, which makes it all the more sad that you decided to take part in this offending and made a catastrophic error of judgement."
The Cheltenham Festivalwinning rider admitted to a "catastrophic error of judgement" when appearing at the BHA inquiry in March that brought what had been the most successful season in the 32-year-old's career to a premature conclusion.
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.
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