[ fee-as-koh or, especially for 2, -ah-skoh ]
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noun,plural fi·as·cos, fi·as·coes.
  1. a complete and ignominious failure.

  2. a round-bottomed glass flask for wine, especially Chianti, fitted with a woven, protective raffia basket that also enables the bottle to stand upright.

Origin of fiasco

1850–55; <Italian: literally, bottle <Germanic (see flask1); sense “failure” from Italian phrase far fiasco to fail, literally, to make a bottle, idiom of uncertain origin

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/ (fɪˈæskəʊ) /

nounplural -cos or -coes
  1. a complete failure, esp one that is ignominious or humiliating

Origin of fiasco

C19: from Italian, literally: flask; sense development obscure

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