Frequency: The word is one of the 3000 most common words in English.
A ~ is a very bad accident such as an earthquake or a plane crash, especially one in which a lot of people are killed.
It was the second air ~ in the region in less than two months...
If you refer to something as a ~, you are emphasizing that you think it is extremely bad or unacceptable.
The whole production was just a ~!
Disaster is something which has very bad consequences for you.
The government brought itself to the brink of fiscal ~...
If you say that something is a recipe for ~, you mean that it is very likely to have unpleasant consequences.
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