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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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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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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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Under these conditions, the epic must lie "always already" in the cultural center.
In good epic fashion, Vergil employs similes to describe the fight.
Shulman's argument that Rinaldo and Tancredi divide heroic virtues united in earlier works helps his reader understand the evolution of epic. So does his inclusion of other poetry and prose by Tasso, Spenser, and Milton to support his generalizations.
The main aspects of epic convention are the centrality of a hero--sometimes semidivine--of military, national, or religious importance; an extensive, perhaps even cosmic, geographical setting; heroic battle; extended and often exotic journeying; and the involvement of supernatural beings, such as gods, angels, or demons, in the action.
The narrator of Torquato Tasso's Gerusalemme liberata (1581) explicitly allows for romance elements in the epic poem, comparing digressions and marvels to honey on the brim of a cup of medicine: a spoonful of romance delight helps the epic moral message go down.
The epic has been passed down orally by singers, often illiterate herders or peasants from Tibet, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region or Qinghai Province, who have often claimed they were spontaneously repeating the lines after a strange dream or serious illness.
More exciting are the new elements Downes considers representative of women's epics. For instance, women writers' familiarity with textiles means studying the degree to which a figurative "quilting" influences construction of epic, the augmented role of clothing (rather than battle gear) in epic, and a reconsideration of how quilts, tapestries, and fascicles are themselves epics.
The presentation of the books of the Epics of Manas and Semetey based on story by epic teller Sagynbai Orozbakov was held today in the State Historical Museum in Bishkek.President Roza Otunbaeva, figures of culture and arts attended the event.President Otunbaeva underlined importance of the new version of the epics and said they are spiritual heritage and wealth of the Kyrgyz people.Each citizen, not only the state, should strive to preserve the epic and disseminate it among the people.
Films epics must be lengthy, exciting, and complex; also, they must utilize large cast, consider weighty issues, and employ the latest technologies.
Steinberg's 2004 study of novel epics challenges the profession to rethink the notion of genre as a stable classification system.
Oberlies' work describes in minute detail the peculiarities of the language of the epics, covering sandhi, the nominal system, the pronouns, the verbal system, and syntax.
The word "epic" brings to mind European literary forms from previous centuries and even millennia: traditional oral epics such as The Odyssey, classical epics such as Virgil's The Aeneid, and religious literary epics such as Dante's Commedia and Milton's Paradise Lost.
Rethinking India Oral and Classical Epics: Draupadi Among Rajputs, Muslims and Dalits.