train wreck

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Train wreck at Montparnasse Station, Paris, France, 1895.
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train wreck ‎(plural train wrecks)

  1. The aftermath of a train crash.
  2. (idiomatic) A disaster, especially one which is large in scale and readily seen by public observers.

Usage notes[edit]

  • In UK English, train crash would be preferred for the literal sense, and car crash for the metaphorical sense.



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  • train wreck (slang): When the parts in an ensemble "collide" because the musicians are not playing together. Hal Leonard Pocket Music Dictionary, p. 122.
  • Train wreck: in jazz, when everything comes off the rails - someone misses a repeat, skips the bridge, and so on. Dolmetsch Online.