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be a (something) in the making

To be likely to become a particular thing. She's the best actress in the school, so I think she's a Hollywood star in the making. The fact that those reports aren't ready yet is a disaster in the making.
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crisis actor

1. Someone who portrays a victim in a training drill for emergency personnel, such as firefighters and EMTs. I volunteered to be a crisis actor at my local hospital's disaster drill.
2. conspiracy theory Someone who impersonates a victim of a tragic incident, typically a mass shooting, that has been staged. The concept originated with conspiracy theorists who claim that such actors are employed by governments or secret organizations attempting to stage such incidents to gain support for a particular agenda. The term gained widespread attention when some survivors of the February 2018 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, were claimed to be crisis actors by conspiracy theorists in the aftermath of the shooting. Can you believe that some people think the Parkland kids were crisis actors paid to be there to further the liberal agenda on gun control? How sick is that?
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crisis management

The actions undertaken to address or defuse a distressing situation affecting an organization or the public at large. The entire staff had been trained in crisis management, which saved many lives during the shooting. After we learned that another child had been seriously injured by one of our toys, crisis management became a top priority for the company.
See also: crisis, management

crisis of faith

1. An instance in which one seriously questions or doubts their religious beliefs. I had a deep crisis of faith after my son died. I just couldn't accept that a divine being would let something like that happen. The church is having to reckon with a major crisis of faith in members around the world.
2. An instance or situation in which one's confidence in or dedication to something has become seriously unstable. There is clearly a crisis of faith in the political leader among members of her party. What our company is dealing with is a crisis of faith. We need to show our customers and investors that we have a solid plan for the future.
See also: crisis, faith, of

have a midlife crisis

To experience profound doubt, anxiety, dissatisfaction, despondency, etc., during or near middle age regarding one's decisions or position in life up to that point. People, especially men, are commonly portrayed responding to this phenomenon by making drastic or extravagant changes or purchases in an attempt to bring novelty or excitement to their lives. Uncle Joe quit his job and bought a yellow convertible? Yikes, he's definitely having a midlife crisis. After 20 years stuck in the same job and the same routine at home, I feel like I'm having a midlife crisis. Maybe I'll sell my possessions and move to Japan!
See also: crisis, have, midlife

identity crisis

1. A state of psychological uncertainty or confusion regarding one's values, sense of self, or role in society. Typically seen in adolescents. It's perfectly normal for a teen to go through an identity crisis as they try to separate from their parents and discover who they truly are.
2. Uncertainty or confusion regarding the priorities, objectives, or defining characteristics of someone or something. OK, the company definitely has an identity crisis if clients can't tell whether we're a marketing agency or just one that builds websites for other businesses.
See also: crisis, identity

life crisis

A distressing, destabilizing event in one's life, possibly a dramatic one. A: "Divorce is so common these days. It's like it isn't even a big deal anymore." B: "No, it's still a life crisis, so seeing a therapist about it is totally valid." Her father's sudden death was a life crisis from which Louise has never fully recovered.
See also: crisis, life

midlife crisis

A period in or near middle age in which one experiences profound doubt, anxiety, dissatisfaction, despondency, etc., regarding one's decisions or position in life. People, especially men, are commonly portrayed responding to this phenomenon by making drastic or extravagant changes or purchases in an attempt to bring novelty or excitement to their lives. A: "Did you see the new sports car Tom bought?" B: "Yeah, he must be going through a midlife crisis." After 20 years stuck in the same job and the same routine at home, I feel like I'm having a midlife crisis. Maybe I'll sell my possessions and move to Japan!
See also: crisis, midlife

opioid crisis

A public health crisis in the United States and Canada involving a sharp increase in the use of, addiction to, and overdoses from opioid drugs, especially since 2015 (although the trend is traced to the late 1990s). Opioids, typically used as prescription painkillers, include morphine, oxycodone, hydrocodone, and fentanyl, as well as heroin, which is illegal. Ingesting high doses of opioids can cause respiratory failure and death. Also known as the "opioid epidemic." The opioid crisis has led to a staggering number of deaths in a short period of time.
See also: crisis, opioid
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midlife crisis

A time of psychological anxiety that some individuals experience during their middle years. It can affect both men and women. In men, it sometimes takes the form of buying an expensive sports car or other equipment that emphasizes their youthfulness or fantasizing about beautiful young girls. Women may go on crash diets or undergo plastic surgery to regain a more youthful appearance. When the author’s son-in-law turned fifty, his wife reported that his midlife crisis involved looking for a bigger and better house, an unrealistic choice since their children were already enrolled in local schools. The term has also been transferred to institutions, countries, almost anything. An article by Russell Garland had, “Venture capital is having a midlife crisis. . . . The venture community in Silicon Valley is showing signs of middle age, moving more slowly and cautiously than before. . . .” (Wall Street Journal blog, July 23, 2010).
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