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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.
See also: disaster, epic, of, proportion

a recipe for (something)

Something, especially an activity, behavior, or method of doing something, that is very likely to cause the specified outcome. Studying all night and getting no sleep before your final exam is a recipe for disaster. Eating healthy food and exercising regularly is a recipe for longevity. My recipe for success is to keep a healthy balance between work, family life, and socializing with my friends.
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a recipe for disaster

Something, especially an activity, behavior, or method of doing something, that is very likely to cause a very negative or detrimental outcome. Studying all night and getting no sleep before your final exam is a recipe for disaster. In hindsight, having the two sides of the family sitting at the same table for such a long stretch of time was always going to be a recipe for disaster.
See also: disaster, recipe

a walking disaster

Someone who seems to constantly be in or cause great amounts of trouble, difficulty, or mayhem; someone who epitomizes disaster or calamity in their actions or behavior. I heard that John got fired from another job because he kept on messing up his boss's instructions. What a walking disaster! First, I lock myself out of the house, then my grocery bag breaks in the parking lot, and now I stepped on my glasses—I'm just a walking disaster today!
See also: disaster, walking

be a recipe for (something)

To be likely to cause a particular thing to happen. Studying all night before your final exam is a recipe for disaster. Eating healthy food and exercising regularly is a recipe for longevity.
See also: recipe

brink of disaster

A point very close to complete ruin, destruction, or failure. Our company was on the brink of disaster, but after our latest product came out, we've been doing better than ever before! The increasing tension of looming war between the two countries has brought the entire region to the brink of disaster.
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disaster area

1. A location where a natural disaster, such as an earthquake, flood, or storm, occurred. An area designated as such is often the recipient of government aid. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the president declared New Orleans a disaster area and allotted federal funding for the rescue and cleanup efforts.
2. By extension, an excessively messy or unclean space. After only a few weeks of living on his own, Adam's apartment looked like a disaster area because he never bothered to clean up after himself.
3. A situation, idea, or plan that is poorly planned or organized. The new economic plan that the senator proposed sounded like a complete disaster area.
See also: area, disaster

disaster bi

slang A bisexual person who is struggling in some area or areas of their life. Typically used as a humorous self-identifier. The term originated from a meme that references a 3x3 Dungeons and Dragons character alignment chart and allows one to identify as "gay," "bi," or "lesbian," and to categorize their ability as "distinguished," "functional," or "disaster." I just feel like everything in my life is falling apart right now. Textbook disaster bi. Oh, my sweet disaster bi. You will find love one day.
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disaster gay

slang A gay person who is struggling in some area or areas of their life. Typically used as a humorous self-identifier. The term originated from a meme that references a 3x3 Dungeons and Dragons character alignment chart and allows one to identify as "gay," "bi," or "lesbian," and to categorize their ability as "distinguished," "functional," or "disaster." I just feel like everything in my life is falling apart right now. Textbook disaster gay. Oh, my sweet disaster gay. That guy is definitely hetero, do not hit on him.
See also: disaster, gay

disaster lesbian

slang A lesbian who is struggling in some area or areas of her life. Typically used as a humorous self-identifier. The term originated from a meme that references a 3x3 Dungeons and Dragons character alignment chart and allows one to identify as "gay," "bi," or "lesbian," and to categorize their ability as "distinguished," "functional," or "disaster." I just feel like everything in my life is falling apart right now. Textbook disaster lesbian. Oh, my sweet disaster lesbian. She's definitely hetero, do not hit on her.
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on the road to (something)

Following a course of action that results in a particular outcome. They'll be on the road to financial ruin if they keep up such extravagant spending. Now that my father has switched doctors, he's finally on the road to recovery.
See also: on, road

spell (something) for (someone or something)

1. Literally, to write or recite the letters in a word or name to help someone learn or understand it. I usually have to spell my name out for people because it's so unusual. I'm not sure I've heard that term before. Could you spell it for me?
2. To indicate, contribute to, or display signs of some outcome or status for a person, group, organization, country, etc. The sudden shortage of precious metals necessary to manufacture the computer chips spelled disaster for the fledgling tech company. The government is hoping that a massive reinvestment in the city's infrastructure will spell success for its economy.
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spell disaster

To indicate, contribute to, or display signs of an impending and severe failure or disaster. The senator's refusal to negotiate spells disaster for the chances of the legislation to pass through both houses of congress. The sudden shortage of precious metals necessary to manufacture the computer chips spelled disaster for the fledgling tech company.
See also: disaster, spell
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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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spell disaster Fig.

to indicate or predict disaster. What a horrible plan! It would spell disaster for all of us!
See also: disaster, fig, spell
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

a recipe for disaster

COMMON If you say that something is a recipe for disaster, you mean that it is very likely to have unpleasant consequences or lead to failure. Trying to be trendy when dealing with teenagers is a sure recipe for disaster. Ignoring the human aspect of IT projects is a recipe for disaster.
See also: disaster, recipe
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

a recipe for disaster

something that is very likely to lead to a bad outcome.
See also: disaster, recipe
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

a diˈsaster area


1 (informal) a place or situation that has a lot of problems, is a failure, or is badly organized: The room was a disaster area (= very untidy), with stuff piled everywhere and nowhere to sit.The current system of taxation is a disaster area.
2 a place where a disaster has happened and which needs special help: After the floods, the whole region was declared a disaster area.
See also: area, disaster

a recipe for diˈsaster, sucˈcess, etc.

a method or an idea that seems likely to have a particular result: That idea sounds like a recipe for disaster.What’s her recipe for success?
See also: recipe

on the ˌroad to ˈruin, diˈsaster, etc.

following a course of action that will lead to ruin, disaster, etc: I don’t know whether it was losing his job or the divorce that set him on the road to ruin.
See also: on, road

an ˌaccident/a diˌsaster waiting to ˈhappen

a thing or person that is very likely to cause danger or a problem in the future because of the condition it is in or the way they behave: For many months local residents had been complaining that the building was unsafe, and that it was an accident waiting to happen.
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He said that media had a key role in creating awareness during disasters and it was necessary for them to be updated with relevant information and better disaster reporting techniques with basic knowledge about the subject in hand.
Osagbemi, who is a Consultant Public Health Physician to the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital (UITH), said that laws relating to building codes, standardisation of products, public health, registration of foods, drugs, beverages, travel guidelines, vehicle maintenance and weapons are enacted to reduce the vulnerability to disasters', adding that there is usually the need for outside intervention measures, because the impacts of the disaster overwhelm the ability of the affected persons to cope.
Brig Mukhtar was deliberating on "Understanding Disaster Management System and Disaster Risk Reduction measures" during the first session of the workshop.
The law, he said, strengthened the country's institutional capacity for disaster-risk reduction and management, as well as building resilience of local communities to disasters with local government units as first responders.
NDMA Chairman Lt Gen Omar Mahmood Hayat said since inception Pakistan had undergone and handled a multitude of devastating disasters.
He noted that with its diverse geography, Central Asia is prone to natural disasters, such as earthquakes, floods, landslides, extreme weather events, avalanches, storms, droughts and many others.
In addition to disasters like eruptions from volcanic activity at Mount Sinabung, one of the world's most active volcanoes, the area also experiences frequent floods and landslides from the cloudbursts that are common due to the tropical climate.
In the workshop, disaster prevention expert Tomoaki Imai was invited from Koto Ward to give instructions on preparation measures based on past experiences.
While high-income countries posted losses from 53% of disasters between 1998 and 2017, low-income countries only reported them from 13% of disasters.
The findings, published by the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), also show that people in low- and middle-income countries are seven times more likely to die from natural disasters than those in developed nations.
He stressed that as part of its long term planning, the PTI government was working on creating resilient infrastructures and mechanisms to cope up with entire spectrum of disasters.
Speaking at an event in Islamabad to observe International Day for Disaster Reduction, he said the government is working on mechanisms to cope with entire spectrum of disasters.
General Khaled Al-Mekrad, Director General of Kuwait fire Services Directorate (KFSD) during the Arab-African forum for Disaster Risk Reduction TUNIS, Oct 12 (KUNA) -- Kuwait has always rushed to help people facing natural disasters around the globe, the Gulf country's top fireman said Friday, citing UN selection of His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah as Humanitarian Leader as testament to relentless philanthropy.