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debacle

noun [C] uk   /deɪˈbɑː.kl̩/ us  
a complete failure, especially because of bad planning and organization: The collapse of the company was described as the greatest financial debacle in US history.Accidents and disastersDifficult situations and unpleasant experiencesFailures
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