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  • noun idiomatic, Canada, US An event that was a disaster, often in a way that is fun or memorable. (e.g. "Last night, we all went drinking, and the whole thing turned into a total gong show.") Or, an initially serious event that went completely out of control (e.g. "That biology class was a gong show")


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  • I’d never heard the phrase "it’s a gong show" until I moved to North America. Now I wonder how I lived without it. Hardly a day goes by without me saying of some debacle, "it’s a total gong show. The boss is going buck-wild!"

    In my opinion it's not as good as "like a mad woman's shit", but it has the advantage of being acceptable for use among middle-class people.

    November 17, 2007

  • Have you ever seen The Gong Show? Classic. I'm sure that's where this phrase originates from.

    November 17, 2007

  • Yeah, it does. But no, I've never seen it. I suppose I ought to see it for educational purposes.

    November 17, 2007

  • No. No you oughtn't, yarb. Do not look. You're better off not knowing.

    November 17, 2007