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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

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.
See also: nervous, 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.
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The wrecks are positioned in a neat row on the northern side of the reef, almost as if someone laid them out on purpose to give easy access for divers.
None of the wrecks were in the actual path the Nord Stream pipeline is set to take, but they were in its so-called anchor corridor, meaning they are in the area where ships laying the pipeline might anchor, Norman said.
THE wreck of British warship HMS Victory has been found more than 260 years after sinking.
There are only six "designated wrecks" in Welsh waters and these are given protected status under the 1973 Protection of Wrecks Act.
It was not yet clear which of the 11 known wrecks of the German submarines had been found, and authorities said they would not give the exact location of the wreck to deter looters.
Summertime in the 10,000 Islands region generally brings calm waters, hot days and great fishing for permit on the near-shore wrecks that span the Gulf of Mexico from Florida Bay up through the offshore waters off Naples.
Tiled floor from the Oslofjord HUNDREDS of wrecks lie off the North East coast, many of them from the two world wars.
They will also help spread the word about how people can get training and advice through BSAC to safely and responsibly dive wrecks for themselves.
Ralph leaves the arcade and wrecks the Internet,' Reilly teased.
Beneath the tropical water of Micronesia's Chuuk Lagoon sit fascinating wrecks from the Allies' conflict with Japan in the Pacific.
All 645 seamen aboard the Sydney perished, but not before the Kormoran was also irreparably damaged and later scuttled, leaving great mystery surrounding the events of the battle and the whereabouts of the wrecks.
We went looking for lobsters and wrecks and of course, treasure.
Of greater interest for the purpose of this article are salvage agreements relating to the wrecks of some historic naval vessels over which the Crown would have been able to assert sovereignty against the claims of salvors.
These and other shipwreck investigations mark the first mission of a two-year project to locate, identify and better understand some of the estimated 300 wrecks in Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary, and the adjacent Golden Gate National Recreation Area.