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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.
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nervous wreck

Someone who is overcome with anxiety, apprehension, or nervousness. Where have you been all night? I've been a nervous wreck waiting for you to come home! I'm going to be a nervous wreck waiting to hear back from the doctor about the test results.
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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.
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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.
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says that a lot of insurers won't insure the wrecking ball jobs anymore.
Gumbiner says he thinks there always will be a place for the wrecking ball and crane in the marketplace.
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.
Some speculate that rising insurance costs are another prohibitive factor when it comes to the old fashioned crane and wrecking ball approach to demolition.
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.
and expanded his business in 1949, purchasing Athens Auto Wrecking and one truck.
For those interested in Lanois' trademark sounds, ``Building the Wrecking Ball'' reveals the producer strumming a vintage Vox electric mandolin bathed in reverb, with the result suggesting the flow of a babbling brook.
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