glass parking lot

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Nuclear explosions can convert sand into glass (Trinitite).

Noun[edit]

glass parking lot (uncountable)

  1. (US, informal) Total destruction in the aftermath of a nuclear attack.
    • 2015, Brad Roberts, The Case for U.S. Nuclear Weapons in the 21st Century[1]:
      [] it is common for Americans to respond with the convictions that "they wouldn't dare" and "we'll turn them into a glass parking lot" (that is, we'll attack them with nuclear weapons until there is nothing left of them).