The definition of shitstorm in New Oxford American Dictionary:

a situation marked by violent controversy.

The definition in Wikipedia:

a vulgar dysphemism for a chaotic and unpleasant situation.

I want to know what exactly a shitstorm consists of. Does it include a wrestling scene, or more of a disputing situation?

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    Wrestling? Where did you get that idea? – toryan Nov 8 '13 at 8:18
  • It means a whole lot of bad things happening at once. It is not usually used for a particular physical situation like wrestling unless the wrestling or fighting is one example of how things are going badly. A shitstorm may result in a physical altercation, but the altercation is not itself a shitstorm. A synonym (not exact) is a 'clusterfuck'. – Mitch Nov 8 '13 at 14:19
  • Why would a downvoted question elicit so many questions and comments? – ΥΣΕΡ26328 Jul 10 '17 at 14:42

A shitstorm does not necessarily include either a physical altercation, or a dispute. Instead, a shitstorm is any extraordinarily chaotic situation where there is no possible positive outcome.

I don't have a source to back up my claim, but I suspect that "shitstorm" is derived from the idiom "The shit has hit the fan."

  • yeah,I know it as "when the shit hits the fan". – dennylv Nov 8 '13 at 1:42

In British English, most likely the equivalent of "a dog's breakfast".

  • mmm... breakfast. – Mitch Nov 8 '13 at 14:48
  • Downvoter, care to explain? – Ernest Friedman-Hill Nov 8 '13 at 16:29
  • @Mitch sounds like a pretty crappy breakfast to me – Wayne Werner Oct 24 '15 at 0:27

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