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abysmal failure

Failure that is total and extreme in measure or implication. The business was an abysmal failure, and everyone was out of a job within a month.
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Beevor forensically unpicks one of the most abysmal failures of the Second World War, blaming the disaster on hubris, ego and a catalogue of errors.
Arnhem: The Battle For The Bridges 1944 Antony Beevor (Viking, PS8.99) Beevor forensically unpicks one of the most abysmal failures of the Second World War, blaming the disaster on hubris, ego and a catalogue of errors.
Other improvers in Ireland had more success although many were abysmal failures. When it is considered that these schemes were seen as absolutely necessary for peace and prosperity in Ireland the rate of progress was not one to be happy with.
Facilities like that one, which costs state taxpayers more than $102,000 per child per year, are abysmal failures, with high recidivism rates.
Telling wannabes to feature in a stolen sex video, use fame by association or take part in a TV talent show, the publicity guru holds up abysmal failures Darius and the Cheeky Girls as examples of household names.
They laud the United Nations' potential but fail to mention the organization's long, shameful history of abysmal failures and corruption, such as the "oil for food" program in Iraq.
As a consequence of the confusion between the two operations, "warring parties are now less likely to regard UN forces as disinterested mediators." This destructive trend accounts in large part for the "abysmal failures" of UN peacekeeping missions in Bosnia and Croatia, as well as the ghastly consequences of failed UN peacekeeping in Somalia, Cambodia, and Rwanda (the last mentioned case involving the murder of the Rwandan Prime Minster in 1994 inside the UN compound at Kigali, and of course the most massive genocide since World War II).
Richardson, who referred to the Greenleaf subsidiary as the acquisition of "several junk yards," said of the purchases, "They've been abysmal failures up to this point." Reports circulated last year that Ford Motor Co.
NRL News has printed any number of articles demonstrating that when actually tried such transplants have been abysmal failures and that there are far more promising alternatives.
He documented the extremes that characterize the schools, observing that our top students are as good as any in the world, while our bottom students are abysmal failures by anyone's standards.
As long as there are such abysmal failures, he won't be believed.
So why are such abysmal failures in high office, the NHS for example, rewarded so lavishly?