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abyss

noun [C usually singular] (BAD SITUATION)    /əˈbɪs/
a difficult situation that brings trouble or destruction : The country is sinking / plunging into an abyss of violence and lawlessness . She found herself on the edge of an abyss.Difficult situations and unpleasant experiencesAccidents and disasters
(Definition of abyss noun (BAD SITUATION) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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