dumpster fire

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dumpster fire

slang A complete and utter disaster or a completely chaotic situation, likened to a fire in a dumpster, which quickly becomes uncontrollable. The phrase can be applied to both situations and people. As you might imagine, a 17-1 loss was a dumpster fire. That intern spilled coffee on himself yesterday and accidentally laminated his tie today. He's a total dumpster fire.
See also: fire
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Police said that initially they had received a complaint about noise and a dumpster fire at the Ayia Fyla roundabout in Limassol.
I searched for tweets before 2008 that mention the term, and of the few that weren't about literal dumpster fires, I found a handful about sports, like: "that team is a dumpster fire. " There were a few other uses.
Tuesday for a dumpster fire; two additional dumpster fires were reported on Granite Street soon after; the third fire involved two dumpsters at Holy Name High School.
At 3:54 a.m., a Sanipac driver on his route noticed a Dumpster fire near the Horsehead Tavern at 99 W.