- A breaking or bursting forth; a violent rush or flood of waters which breaks down opposing barriers, and hurls forward and disperses blocks of stone and other debris.
- An event or enterprise that ends disastrously.
- 1848 The Brunswickers were routed and had fled -- their Duke was killed. It was a general debacle. - William Makepeace Thackeray, Vanity Fair
- 2003 The demo was a debacle -- instead of shaving off three seconds, I"d added thirty. I wanted to cry. - Cory Doctorow, Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom
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