train wreck

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English[edit]

Train wreck at Montparnasse Station, Paris, France, 1895.
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Noun[edit]

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.
    • 1986, Hugh Sidey, "The Presidency: Colliding with Realities," Time, 1 Sept.:
      There is a feeling in Washington that we are gathering at the side of the track to watch a gigantic economic train wreck one of these days.
    • 2007, Mel Odom, Blood Evidence[1], ISBN 9781414303079, page 168:
      "Your personal life has been, and is, a train wreck."
    • 2009, Matthue Roth, Never Mind The Goldbergs
      “Hrmm. I see your stylist's been working nights.” He surveyed the train wreck of my hair in the rearview mirror.

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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References[edit]

  • 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.