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kuh la muh tee

  • n  an event resulting in great loss and misfortune
    the whole city was affected by the irremediable calamity

  • Forest fires in the State of Victoria, southeastern Australia, fanned by high winds, last week became a Commonwealth calamity.
  • For China's farmers, the time of the annual shui tsai (water calamity) had come again.
  • One of music's finest old traditions is that young conductors must make their debuts only when calamity strikes the maestro and leaves the podium bare.
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  • Robert Gates in International Herald Tribune
    At a ceremonial swearing-in attended by President George W. Bush, Gates warned that failure in Iraq would be a "calamity that would haunt our nation, impair our credibility and endanger Americans for decades to come."
  • Nawaz Sharif in Forbes
    He is a one-man calamity,Sharif told reporters. "The United States should see that Musharraf has not limited or curbed terrorism. In fact terrorism is now stronger than ever before with more sinister aspects."
  • Tom Brokaw in San Jose Mercury News
    I think it's a calamity,said publicist David Brokaw, who has handled crises for celebrities. "I don't see, the way this is shaped, how you can say much about it in terms of something favorable."

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