carambolage

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

carambole +‎ -age

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ka.ʁɑ̃.bɔ.laʒ/

Noun[edit]

carambolage m (plural carambolages)

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

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