Meaning of omnishambles in English:


Pronunciation /ˈɒmnɪʃamblz/


informal British
  • A situation that has been comprehensively mismanaged, characterized by a string of blunders and miscalculations.

    • ‘anyone with five minutes to spare, a Maths GCSE, and a calculator could have averted the entire omnishambles by checking the civil servants' sums’
    • ‘A nation wondered what the next level up from omnishambles was.’
    • ‘The change in course is the fourth major U-turn the Chancellor has made since his omnishambles Budget in March.’
    • ‘Describing the Government's defence policy as an omnishambles would be a compliment.’
    • ‘It's hard to tell with this omnishambles government if the dog is wagging the tail or the tail wagging the dog.’
    • ‘How long till this turns into an omnishambles - tomorow?’
    • ‘Around 7000 fans have voiced their opinions on the Scottish football omnishambles through the SFA's national fans survey.’
    • ‘Our incompetent government politicians create omnishambles for a very simple reason—they are doing the wrong job.’
    • ‘Every other coalition policy initiative has been an unmitigated omnishambles and this one is going to be different?’
    chaos, mess, muddle, confusion, disorder, disarray, disorganization, havoc, mare's nest


Early 21st century from omni- + shambles, first used in the British satirical television series The Thick of It.