• WordNet 3.6
    • n fiasco a sudden and violent collapse
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Fiasco A complete or ridiculous failure, esp. of a musical performance, or of any pretentious undertaking.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n fiasco A flask; a bottle. See flask.
    • n fiasco A failure in a musical or dramatic performance; an ignominious failure of any kind; a complete breakdown.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Fiasco fi-as′ko a failure in a musical performance: a failure of any kind.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
It. fiasco, bottle, perh. from L. vasculum, a little vessel, vas, a vessel.


In literature:

The whole had ended in a miserable fiasco, and Clyffurde felt sore and wrathful against himself.
"The Bronze Eagle" by Emmuska Orczy, Baroness Orczy
Once more his plans ended in a fiasco.
"A History of the Nineteenth Century, Year by Year" by Edwin Emerson
This was the first real meeting of these two and Fate, with the help of Irish temper and the Pinckney conscience, was making a fine fiasco of it.
"The Ghost Girl" by H. De Vere Stacpoole
The great reception arranged outside was a fiasco; the evening banquet was indefinitely postponed.
"The Big Bow Mystery" by I. Zangwill
The climax came with the culmination of the "European fiasco" of the spring of 1888.
"All About Coffee" by William H. Ukers
But such fiascos availed nothing to save Grandier.
"Historic Ghosts and Ghost Hunters" by H. Addington Bruce
On the evening of the cereal fiasco, Parnell Winston returned to Spindrift after another visit to Dr. Chavez.
"The Electronic Mind Reader" by John Blaine
A pitiable, miserable, humiliated fiasco!
"Counsel for the Defense" by Leroy Scott
But she could not risk a second fiasco; she had to play her high cards out, and hope for their triumph.
"Daisy's Aunt" by E. F. (Edward Frederic) Benson
There was this confrontation, with the absurd testimonies of the two soldiers: it had proved a ridiculous fiasco.
"A Nest of Spies" by Pierre Souvestre
A week had passed since the great fiasco.
"The Wild Geese" by Stanley John Weyman
Torbert made a fiasco of it.
"Personal Recollections of a Cavalryman" by J. H. (James Harvey) Kidd
Would the Belfast folks have made such a fiasco of a dock?
"Ireland as It Is" by Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
Wherever you go there will be people tsk-tsking about the Preliminary fiasco.
"The Junkmakers" by Albert R. Teichner
Is it not possible that that course would have yielded better results than the fiasco, which followed the fruitless drive at Paris?
"The Evidence in the Case" by James M. Beck
Surely her brilliant life was not to end in such a fiasco as this.
"A Mad Love" by Bertha M. Clay
He was asking himself what new gibe Clancy would spring on him when the story of the night's fiasco came out.
"The Bartlett Mystery" by Louis Tracy
The Barton Bridge Temperance Fete fiasco had proved the greatest sensation that the county had ever known.
"Adventures of Bindle" by Herbert George Jenkins
The Men standing there evidently hadn't noticed his fiasco.
"Keep Your Shape" by Robert Sheckley
In 1778 appointed to the command of an expedition against Canada, which ended in a fiasco.
"The Makers of Canada: Index and Dictionary of Canadian History" by Various

In news:

Listeners Love Fiasco And Cash Connection.
Lupe Fiasco And The Business Of 'Conscious Rap'.
Clearing the record of a fiasco in Libya.
This week, the program's Twitter feed lit up when rapper Lupe Fiasco talked about why he's a big Johnny Cash fan.
Lupe Fiasco is one interesting person.
Ex-'Today' viewers cite Curry fiasco as turnoff.
Mitt's PA Foray No Repeat of McCain Fiasco.
Rapper Lupe Fiasco has just-released the video for his latest single 'Around My Way (Freedom Ain't Free),' which is from his upcoming LP, 'Food & Liquor 2: The Great American Rap Album.
The 2012 campaign began on Aug 2, 2011, when President Barack Obama signed the deal ending the debt-ceiling fiasco.
The owners should never have allowed the fiasco of replacement referees to go on this long.
Lupe Fiasco, Girl Talk headline PANTHERFEST.
PANTHERFEST returns to the Milwaukee lakefront Friday, Sept 9, and resumes its role as the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee's largest event of the year with headlining performances from Lupe Fiasco and Girl Talk.
Anti-Palooza: Awaken O' Great Honeybee, Ponderosa, Colorado Cowboys, Ryan Banwroth Fiasco, and others.
Benghazi was not her first African fiasco.