Etymology: See w:The Gong Show, Wikipedia article on "The Gong Show".
- Contemporary Canadian and American English: An event that was a disaster, often in a way that is fun or memorable. (e.g. "Last night, we all went drinking, and the whole thing turned into a total gong show.") Or, an initally serious event that went completely out of control (e.g. "That biology class was a gong show")
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