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train wreck exp.
mess, disaster
It is often used to describe how someone looks or feels. E.g: I'm a train wreck all day if I don't have a cup of coffee.

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Collaborative Dictionary     English Definition
used figuratively, a train crash means something disastrously bad
'this train crash of a policy'
to train too much, to train excessively
Coaches can't overtrain the athletes before a championship.
to practice something excessively, to train too much
replacement of a rail transport service (tram, subway, train) with a bus
[Neologism] from "bus" and "substitution"
word used to describe the sound made by the wheels of a train
by extension, it can be applied to other rhythmic similar sounds (for example, the sound of a clock or of a typing machine)
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1    tr   to guide or teach (to do something), as by subjecting to various exercises or experiences  
to train a man to fight     
2    tr   to control or guide towards a specific goal  
to train a plant up a wall     
3    intr   to do exercises and prepare for a specific purpose  
the athlete trained for the Olympics     
4    tr   to improve or curb by subjecting to discipline  
to train the mind     
5    tr   to focus or bring to bear (on something)  
to train a telescope on the moon     
a    a line of coaches or wagons coupled together and drawn by a railway locomotive  
b    (as modifier)  
a train ferry     
7    a sequence or series, as of events, thoughts, etc.  
a train of disasters     
8    a procession of people, vehicles, etc., travelling together, such as one carrying supplies of ammunition or equipment in support of a military operation  
9    a series of interacting parts through which motion is transmitted  
a train of gears     
10    a fuse or line of gunpowder to an explosive charge, etc.  
11    something drawn along, such as the long back section of a dress that trails along the floor behind the wearer  
12    a retinue or suite  
13    proper order or course  
     (C14: from Old French trahiner, from Vulgar Latin traginare (unattested) to draw; related to Latin trahere to drag)  
  trainable      adj  
  trainless      adj  

boat train  
      n   a train scheduled to take passengers to or from a particular ship  
cat-train   , cat-swing  
      n     (Canadian)   a train of sleds, cabooses, etc., pulled by a caterpillar tractor, used chiefly in the north during winter to transport freight  
dog train  
      n     (Canadian)   a sleigh drawn by a team of dogs  
epicyclic train  
      n   a cluster of gears consisting of a central gearwheel with external teeth (the sun), a coaxial gearwheel of greater diameter with internal teeth (the annulus), and one or more planetary gears engaging with both of them to provide a large gear ratio in a compact space  
gear train  
      n     (Engineering)   a system of gears that transmits power from one shaft to another  
gravy train  
Slang   a job requiring comparatively little work for good pay, benefits, etc.  
      vb   tr     (Brit)   to train (pets) to urinate and defecate outside the house or in a special place  
  house-trained      adj  
road train  
      n     (Austral)   a line of linked trailers pulled by a truck, used for transporting stock, etc.  
train oil  
      n   oil obtained from the blubber of various marine animals, esp. the whale  
     (C16: from earlier train or trane, from Middle Low German tran or Middle Dutch traen tear, exudation)  
train spotter  
1    a person who collects the numbers of railway locomotives  
2    Informal   a person who is obsessed with trivial details, esp. of a subject generally considered uninteresting  
wagon train  
      n   a supply train of horses and wagons, esp. one going over rough terrain  
wave train  
      n     (Physics)   a series of waves travelling in the same direction and spaced at regular intervals  
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