debacle

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An event or enterprise that ends suddenly and disastrously, often with humiliating consequences

The BP Prudhoe Bay debacle thus provides but the latest in a long line of reasons why leasing this region of the NPR-A is a bad idea.

A breaking up of a natural dam, usually made of ice, by a river and the ensuing rush of water

When this débâcle commences , the masses of ice, drifting with the current and unable to pass, are hurled upon those already soldered together; thus an enormous barrier is formed.

de·ba·cle debacles in BRIT, also use débâcle A debacle is an event or attempt that is a complete failure. After the debacle of the war the world was never the same again = fiasco. an event or situation that is a complete failure (débâcle, from débâcler )
flooding caused by a tumultuous breakup of ice in a river during the spring or summer
Debacle (dî-bä´kel) noun 1 (Geology) A breaking or bursting forth; a violent rush or flood of waters which breaks down opposing barriers, and hurls forward and disperses blocks of stone and other débris 2 A sudden downfall, or defeat; a rout 3 A total failure
(1) The breaking up of ice in a river (2) A violent flood
{i} rout, defeat, collapse, devastation, havoc; stampede
a sudden and violent collapse flooding caused by a tumultuous breakup of ice in a river during the spring or summer
A breaking or bursting forth; a violent rush or flood of waters which breaks down opposing barriers, and hurls forward and disperses blocks of stone and other débris
An event or enterprise that ends disastrously
(1) Break up of river ice (2) A break up of river ice in the spring thaw, causing a violent rush of flowing water and ice ADVANCE \x 540
a sound defeat
A sudden breaking up or breaking loose; a violent dispersion or disruption; impetuous rush; outburst
a sudden and violent collapse
débâcles
plural form of débâcle
debacle

    Silbentrennung

    de·ba·cle

    Türkische aussprache

    dıbäkıl

    Antonyme

    boon, miracle, wonder

    Aussprache

    /dəˈbäkəl/ /dəˈbɑːkəl/

    Etymologie

    [ dE-'bä-k&l, -'ba-; &d ] (noun.) 1802. From French débâcle from débâcler (“to unbar; unleash”) from prefix dé- (“un-”) + bâcler (“to dash, bind, bar, block”) from Middle French from Old French bâcler, bacler "to hold in place, prop a door or window open" from Middle Dutch bakkelen "to freeze artificially, lock in place" from bakken "to stick, stick hard, glue together". Also attested in Old French desbacler "to clear a harbour by getting ships unloaded to make room for incoming ships with lading" and in Occitan baclar "to close". Modern sense of "bar, block" stems from influence from Latin baculum (“staff”). The word débâcle is first attested in the early 19th century.

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