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comedy of errors

A situation or series of events characterized by a number of humorous or ridiculous mix-ups, mishaps, or blunders. Taken from one of Shakespeare's early comedies, The Comedy of Errors. Their business was a comedy of errors by the end, with orders constantly being confused, employees arriving at the wrong time, and the financial accounts being all over the place. The story is a delightful comedy of errors, in which every sort of mistake and confusion that can arise does—with everything working out just fine in the end, of course.
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comedy of errors

A complex or humorous series of events, as in Mary and John went to the Smiths', while the Smiths went to the Parkers', and the Parkers wondered why no one answered the door at John and Mary's-a true comedy of errors . The term borrows the title of Shakespeare's play, The Comedy of Errors, about two sets of twin brothers, master and slave, who are separated in infancy, and the mix-ups occurring when they arrive in the same place many years later. [c. 1600]
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comedy of errors

A ludicrous event or sequence of events: The candidate's campaign turned out to be a political comedy of errors.
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The Comedy of Errors will tour schools in the Black Country during May and have five performances at The Courtyard, Stratford upon-Avon, between June 25 and August 15.
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The 21st anniversary of the open air Shakespeare performances in Stafford will see the Comedy of Errors play out against the dramatic backdrop of Stafford Castle from June 23 to July 9.
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