Definition of


  1. (noun, event) a sudden and violent collapse

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Synonyms of Fiasco


Alternate forms of Fiasco

Hypernyms: collapse

Origin of the word Fiasco

  1. 1855, theater slang for "a failure," by 1862 acquired the general sense of any dismal flop, on or off the stage. Via Fr. phrase fiare fiasco "turn out a failure," from It. far fiasco "suffer a complete breakdown in performance," lit. "make a bottle," from fiasco "bottle," from L.L. flasco, flasconem (see flask). The reason for all this is utterly obs… more

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