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    Train wreck

    What means train wreck?

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    Re: Train wreck

    A train wreck most often occurs as a result of miscommunication, as when a moving train meets another train on the same track, or an accident, such as when a train wheel jumps off a track in a derailment, or when a boiler explosion occurs.(Wikipedia)

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    Re: Train wreck

    However, we use it idiomatically to mean something was a total mess.

    A: How did your presentation go?
    B: Oh, don't ask. It was a total train wreck. I spilled coffee on myself before I ever started, the projector didn't work so my slides wouldn't come up, the microphone made a terrible noise every time I got near it, and I mispronounced the name of the client's company.


    The other use is when you can't stop looking at something terrible. Perhaps you see a very fat man wearing a tiny little bathing suit, and he has a hairy back and a terrible sunburn, and he's eating something in a really disgusting manner. You should look away, but it's so awful, you can't stop. Your friend says, "Stop staring" and you say, "I can't. It's like a train wreck."

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