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China syndrome (CHY-nuh SIN-drom) noun
A hypothetical sequence of events in which meltdown at an out-of-control nuclear reactor could cause the molten core to go deeply through the earth.
[From the fanciful idea of a catastrophic nuclear accident in the US resulting in its superheated core sinking in the earth, melting a hole all the way to the other side -- to China.]
Popular usage indicates the term is in the process of being redefined. Nowadays, it's often used to refer to the effects of the huge and growing Chinese economy in the global marketplace.
"But the biggest concern for investors is that the China syndrome melt-up
will flare out as over-investment leads to over-capacity."
"You must learn to enforce breaks in your thought, or else risk a China
syndrome of the mind -- thoughts breeding thoughts breeding energy and
This week's theme: Toponyms or words derived from place names
I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do because I notice it always coincides with their own desires. -Susan B Anthony, reformer and suffragist (1820-1906)