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train wreck

1. A major or total failure, disaster, or catastrophe. This project has become an absolute train wreck. We've wasted so much time and money already, I don't know how we'll make up the losses. Despite a stellar cast, the film turned out to be a real train wreck.
2. A person whose life is a complete mess or is in total disarray. I don't know about my relationship with Kevin. He's a bit of a train wreck, between you and me.
See also: train, wreck

go under the wrecking ball

Fig. to be wrecked or torn down. That lovely old building finally went under the wrecking ball. I hate to see good architecture go under the wrecking ball.
See also: ball, wreck

nervous wreck

An individual suffering from extreme agitation or worry, as in Pat was a nervous wreck until her mother arrived at the wedding. This expression is nearly always used hyperbolically. [Colloquial; c. 1900] Also see basket case.
See also: nervous, wreck
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Mazzocchi has more than 200 pieces of wrecking equipment, including long-reach excavators that extend up to 192 feet.
Mazzocchi Wrecking is a full-service demolition company that has been helping clients nationwide meet their business objectives for more than 45 years.
Drew Lammers of King Wrecking in Cincinnati uses an example of a 15-story building being demolished while flanked by 10-story buildings to illustrate the importance of control.
the wrecking ball is not being used as much may be simple economics.
says that a lot of insurers won't insure the wrecking ball jobs anymore.
It takes much more experience to control the wrecking using a crane and ball.
Another reason the wrecking ball is not being used as much may be simple economics.
Gumbiner recalls the days when some jobs would require nearly 80 burners to complement the crane and wrecking ball just to get the building down.
The cars had been stripped of tires, oil, gasoline and other fluids in preparation to be compressed and turned into scrap metal, said a man who identified himself as the wrecking yard owner but declined to give his last name.
A wrecking yard employee using a torch to cut apart a vehicle probably started the fire, which the wind quickly whipped out of control, Colwell said.
Twelve-year-old James, whose father, the A&A Auto Wrecking owner, would not provide his last name, surveys the damage after a fire broke out among about 300 cars Saturday at the wrecking yard between Junction City and Eugene.
The rare and classy ``Building the Wrecking Ball'' will never be on sale, so as its producer Peter Kimball told this reviewer, ``If you want it, tape the darn thing