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train wreck

noun
1.
an incident in which a train is severely damaged
2.
(informal) something or someone that has suffered ruin or calamity
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  • In it he felt the nerve-benumbing shudder which comes with the shock of a train wreck.

    The Crimson Flash Roy J. Snell
  • That was a train wreck and an injury that interrupted his routine.

    David Lannarck, Midget George S. Harney
  • Next morning we found ourselves stranded at Plaquemine, by reason of a train wreck a few miles ahead.

    Recollections of a Varied Life George Cary Eggleston
  • In a train wreck, a soldier asserted that he had seen dozens of smashed corpses, although only one person was harmed.

    Criminal Psychology Hans Gross
  • Twice I booked for Sydney on my own—missed one boat through a train wreck, and the other was libeled at the dockhead.

Slang definitions & phrases for train wreck

train wreck

noun phrase

  1. (also crump) A person with many medical problems and in failing condition (1980s+ Medical)
  2. An extremely harrowing situation or condition: The special prosecutor's office is a worthy institution, but it will leave behind a legal train wreck/ Demographers refer to collisions between rising demand and diminishing resources as train wrecks (1980s+)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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