Himalayan blunder
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British pronunciation/hˌɪməlˈeɪən blˈʌndə/
American pronunciation/hˌɪməlˈeɪən blˈʌndɚ/
Himalayan blunder
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a major mistake or error, often made by someone in power, that leads to catastrophic consequences

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Himalayan blunder definition and meaning

What is the origin of the idiom "Himalayan blunder" and when to use it?

The idiom "Himalayan blunder" originated from a military and political incident in 1962, when the Indian Army suffered a humiliating defeat against the Chinese People's Liberation Army in a border conflict in the Himalayas. This phrase is used to describe a colossal mistake or a disastrous error in judgment, often with far-reaching consequences.

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The team's lack of preparation for the important game was a Himalayan blunder that cost them the championship.
The company's investment in the failed project was a Himalayan blunder that caused significant financial losses.
If the company goes ahead with the merger without doing proper due diligence, it will be a Himalayan blunder that could have disastrous consequences.
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