shitstorm

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shit +‎ storm

Noun[edit]

shitstorm (plural shitstorms)

  1. (vulgar) A violent situation.
    • 1948. Norman Mailer, The Naked and the Dead
      The hell with Brown [...] He's been missing all the shit storms. It's his turn.
    • 1963. Kurt Vonnegut, Cat's Cradle, Chapter 110
      'Sometimes the pool-pah,' Bokonon tells us, 'exceeds the power of humans to comment.' Bokonon translates pool-pah at one point in The Books of Bokonon as 'shit storm' and at another point as 'wrath of God'.
    • 1999, Joseph Finder, High Crimes
      "You and your cowboys just stirred up a shitstorm, agent."
    • 2006, David Simon, Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets
      In Baltimore, the general rule is that if something looks like a shitstorm, smells like a shitstorm and tastes like a shitstorm, it goes to homicide.
  2. (idiomatic, vulgar) Considerable backlash from the public.
    • 2010, Mungo MacCallum, The Monthly, April 2010, Issue 55, The Monthly Ptd Ltd, page 32:
      When Abbott stated openly that his plan involved a new tax of 1.7% on large companies with big profit margins - those, in fact, most able to pay - he provoked a near universal shitstorm.

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