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9.
An extremely bad situation.
American: "Barack Obama was just elected President, and the Democrats control both houses of Congress. I can smell a shitstorm coming."

Soldier: "Barack Obama is now CINC-WEST and I'm in Iraq. I can smell a shitstorm coming"

Democrat: "We just passed socialized health care despite near-unanimous opposition from the Republican Party and the American People. I can smell a shitstorm coming in November."
by TheSovietCollossus March 27, 2010
 
1.
A course of action that would appear to lead to a good outcome, but when undertaken, leads to a situation that is utterly out of control beyond human comprehension.
Instead of being over in a weekend, project Iraqi Freedom turned out to be a shitstorm.
by A bruce willis fan April 01, 2003
 
2.
when all the shit hits you at once. A whole bunch of criticism, or problems all at once. when in the shit storm you are being shit hammered.
ex: "Man my wife left me, a cop pulled me over and gave me a ticket for no insurance, and no registration, and when I came home my house had been broken into, and burned to the ground, it was a real shit storm."
by uzi4u June 12, 2007
 
3.
A gigantic cluster fuck... but not in a military sense.

A huge fuck-up of epic proportions of some sort or another and its ensuing calamity. As in, the person or normal situation you were supposed to be a part of is now so totally screwed up as to turn the entire scenario into a farce; or something that could end up in you going to either jail or losing your profession.
Holy shit... I went into the office today, and I was fully unprepared for the ensuing shitstorm. This client was so fucked up, I couldn't believe that I was actually part of this human tragedy. I think I will give up finance and take up digging ditches.
 
4.
A shitstorm refers not to one bad thing happening, but to many bad things happening in a short period of time. Usually describes many unlucky, sad or just awful events pertinent to the person speaking.
Q: How was work today?

A: Sucked! It was one SHITSTORM after another!
by SPLIT_FTW May 31, 2006
 
5.
A discussion about something totally pointless and inane that got out of hand and now consists of people fighting over nothing.
Basically like a flamewar, just that the discussion itself, as well as the participants, are so utterly stupid that it's impossible to put into words. Shitstorms like these always tend to be really easy to start, even when you don't want it - just like an avalanche, one false step (or word) can be enough to set free a shitstorm of epic proportions. One easy example for this is the ongoing console-fanyboy war.
Guy1: Well, I really don't like the PS3 so much ..
Guy2: WHAT? YOU DONT LIKE IT? BUT ITS THE BEST CONSOLE IN THE WORLD
Guy3: YEAH IT IS SHUT UP YOU GAY FAGGOT
Guy1: But I just like the 360 better, leave me alone!
Guy4: WHAT? THE 360 IS FOR FAGGOTS, ILL KILL YOU
Guy1: But it's just a conso...
Guy5: YOUR MOM SUCKS DICKS
Guy1: Oh man, what a shitstorm I've started here..

etc. etc.
by Mudkips September 25, 2007
 
6.
n. Figuratively, a huge downpour of shit; not to be confused with an actual dump as experienced by a headshitter
Dude, I fucked up large. Now I'm gonna face a gale force shit storm!
by D'emon November 07, 2002
 
7.
A situation where oneself or something of value to self becomes attacked by a large quantity of basically crap, which must be fended off at a high rate in order to return the system to normal.
The DDOS attack against our primary server started this morning. So can imagine the shitstorm we've had to go through.
by dan z February 28, 2005