fiasco

[ fee-as-koh or, especially for 2, -ah-skoh ]
/ fiˈæs koʊ or, especially for 2, -ˈɑ skoʊ /

noun, plural fi·as·cos, fi·as·coes.

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

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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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British Dictionary definitions for fiasco

fiasco
/ (fɪˈæskəʊ) /

noun plural -cos or -coes

a complete failure, esp one that is ignominious or humiliating

Word Origin for fiasco

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