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epic fail

An especially big or embarrassing blunder. I can't believe I called the CEO by the wrong name! What an epic fail. I tried to bake a cake for my sister's birthday, but I accidentally used salt instead of sugar. Epic fail.
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a disaster of epic proportions

A catastrophe. Often used figuratively. Meteorologists have been predicting that the hurricane will be a disaster of epic proportions for us because we're so close to the coast. Oh, my attempt to ask Addison to the dance was a disaster of epic proportions—I could only squeak out a few incoherent words before turning completely red and running away.
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disaster of epic proportions

Cliché a very large disaster. (Often jocular.) The earthquake was responsible for a disaster of epic proportions. Your late arrival caused a disaster of epic proportions.
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After a discussion of the gradual emergence of the ottava rima as the exclusive form of the epic genre, Everson turns her attention to Pulci, Boiardo, and Cieco da Ferrara, who began their work when humanist culture had been the prevailing culture in Italy for more than fifty years.
1) a national epic past - in Goethe's and Schiller's terminology the "absolute past" - serves as the subject for the epic; (2) national tradition (not personal experience and the free thought that grows out of it) serves as the source for the epic; (3) an absolute epic distance separates the epic world from contemporary reality, that is, from the time in which the singer (the author and his audience) lives.
We are often uncomfortable with poetry and seem to be embarrassed in the face of the passion and complexity of epic unless it is very ancient and can claim to be one of the "great books.
another element of the EPIC collapse, which has forced 20,000 homes into foreclosure, rattled the mortgage industry, and threatens investors with hundreds of millions of dollars in losses.
Cook provides a number of interesting insights into the texts he analyzes (including a complex but intriguing argument linking Eve to intuitive and Adam to discursive reason) and a strong argument for the progressive decentering in time and space of the epics.
CONTACT: Glenn Davis for EPIC Holdings, 615-298-6320, or Jeanne W.
Tamalpais Bank is a subsidiary of Epic Bancorp (NASDAQ:EPIK).
For Bellamy, epic subjecthood is a result of repression, the mechanism that subordinates libidinal desires to an epic goal associated with both dynastic celebration and the national aims of the genre.
Carr of MacKenzie Partners, 212-929-5500, both for EPIC Holdings/
I look forward to working with my fellow directors to increase shareholder value and to guide Epic Bancorp into the future.
Subsequent epic writers, starting with Vergil, gave thematic significance to digression itself, as the crucial episode of Dido showed.
The EPIC Purchasers also announced that as of the close of business on April 26, 1994, they had received tenders and related consents from holders representing 100% of outstanding 12% Senior Deferred Coupon Notes of EPIC Holdings, 100% of outstanding 10-7/8% Senior Subordinated Notes of EPIC Healthcare Group and 95.
EPiC is an independent energy and engineering company focused on acquiring and developing oil and gas producing assets and alternative renewable energy projects.
EPiC will provide 50% of the working capital for the initial 7 wells.