A ludicrous or humiliating situation. Some effort that went quite wrong.
Other Word Forms of Fiasco
Origin of Fiasco
From Italian fiasco (“bottle, flask”), from Late Latin flasca, flascō "bottle, container", from Frankish flaska "bottle, flask" from Proto-Germanic *flaskǭ (“bottle”); see flask. "Failure" sense comes through French (faire fiasco) from Italian theatrical slang far fiasco (literally, "to make a bottle"), of unknown origin.
French from Italian fare fiasco to make a bottle, fail from fiasco bottle (perhaps translation of French bouteille bottle, error, used by the French for linguistic errors committed by Italian actors on the 18th-century French stage) from Late Latin flascō flask
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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