carambolage

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

carambole +‎ -age

Noun[edit]

carambolage m (plural carambolages)

  1. (billiards) a carom, a cannon.
  2. (by extension) a car accident involving 3 or more cars hitting each other successively, pile-up
    Les carambolages sont des accidents typiques d'une vitesse excessive et d'un trafic dense. On en voit surtout sur les autoroutes.
    "Carom-like" accidents are bound with excessive speed and high traffic. They happen more often on highways.

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