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disaster

noun [C or U]     /dɪˈzɑː.stər/ US  /-ˈzæs.tɚ/
B2 (an event that results in) great harm , damage , or death , or serious difficulty : An inquiry was ordered into the recent rail disaster (= a serious train accident ). It would be a disaster for me if I lost my job . This is one of the worst natural disasters ever to befall the area . Heavy and prolonged rain can spell disaster for many plants . Everything was going smoothly until suddenly disaster struck . Inviting James and Ivan to dinner on the same evening was a recipe for disaster (= caused a very difficult situation ) - they always argue with each other.Accidents and disastersDifficult situations and unpleasant experiencesFailures be a disaster B2 informal to be very unsuccessful or extremely bad : The evening was a complete disaster. As an engineer , he was a disaster.FailuresAccidents and disastersHigher and lower points of achievement
(Definition of disaster noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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