an accident waiting to happen

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an accident waiting to happen

A person, thing, or situation that appears to be imminently dangerous or troublesome. Often but not always used somewhat humorously. Don't leave that ladder in the middle of the yard, it's just an accident waiting to happen! My toddler is starting to walk now, and she is just an accident waiting to happen.
See also: accident, happen, waiting

an accident waiting to happen

COMMON
1. If you describe a situation or activity as an accident waiting to happen, you mean that they are likely to be a cause of danger in the future. A lot of the city's buildings are accidents waiting to happen. The sudden explosion of a real bullet on stage during the play was an accident waiting to happen.
2. If you describe a person as an accident waiting to happen, you mean that they are likely to cause trouble or have bad problems. He was getting a reputation for being wild — an accident waiting to happen.
See also: accident, happen, waiting

an accident waiting to happen

1 a potentially disastrous situation, usually caused by negligent or faulty procedures. 2 a person certain to cause trouble.
1 1997 Times Accidents are often said to be ‘waiting to happen’. It does not take much imagination to see that the chaotic start to the Whitbread round-the-world race…could easily have ended in tragedy.
See also: accident, happen, waiting

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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Her PS600 pram was an accident waiting to happen as the front wheels kept falling off.
Sending him to a young offender institution, Judge Wendy Joseph QC said: "You were an accident waiting to happen.
Just need to catch on the pedals and it's an accident waiting to happen.
Given this is a very busy dual carrageway, incidents of this type seems to me like an accident waiting to happen.
THE death of a young father after he became trapped under a giant steel girder was an accident waiting to happen, a court has heard.
Cyclists on our roads are an accident waiting to happen, they look at the motorist as if we should not be on the road, and we pay to use them.
As this effectively blinds motorists as they approach one of the two pedestrian crossings across this busy road, surely it's an accident waiting to happen, and one that our planning department should have seen coming?
This whole stretch is an accident waiting to happen.
IT IS an accident waiting to happen on the approach to the University Hospital of Wales from the west of Western Avenue.
As there are no handrails on the steep stairs, I fear it's an accident waiting to happen.
The ones at Greystone are an accident waiting to happen.
UK Athletics head coach Charles van Commenee admitted the failure of Britain's female sprint relay team to qualify for the London Olympics was an accident waiting to happen.
I HAVE driven along Ashes Lane almost daily for 35 years and that pole has been an accident waiting to happen for years (Examiner, 'Is this pole posing a danger to drivers?
Summary: Motoring legend Nigel Mansell says the crash that killed British racing driver Dan Wheldon was an accident waiting to happen.
Diego Maradona has got his golden trident of strikers but defensively they are an accident waiting to happen and the one thing we know about South Korea is that they will attack with pace and that might be Argentina's undoing.