One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A commotion or fuss, especially one caused by conflicting views.‘there was a kerfuffle over the chairmanship’
disturbance, racket, uproar, tumult, ruckus, clamour, brouhaha, furore, hue and cry, palaver, fuss, stir, to-do, storm, maelstrom, meleeView synonyms
- ‘Just as I was wiping up the last of the egg from my plate there was a general kerfuffle, with people rushing into the supermarket for shelter from a torrential downpour.’
- ‘The political kerfuffle surrounding the latest rate increase has reminded me of something I read earlier in the month.’
- ‘There was a bit of a kerfuffle because he couldn't find his ticket before he got on the plane.’
- ‘Ironically, every Collingwood Social Club member who wanted a ticket ended up with one, so the kerfuffle was over a matter of principle.’
- ‘And yet what a kerfuffle is going on right now because of that awards night!’
- ‘Thanks for the nod on the IT assistant job, I know it must be a bit of a bore having to advertise it externally and all the kerfuffle it must cause.’
- ‘Regular readers may remember the kerfuffle over the redesignation of speed cameras as ‘safety’ cameras.’
- ‘It caused a diplomatic kerfuffle so he can't have forgotten about it.’
- ‘I can't think of any show I've ever been involved in that had such a kerfuffle around it.’
- ‘In fact, it was another 24 hours before they realised what an international kerfuffle the incident had caused, as the reaction around them in Bali itself was as if nothing much had happened.’
- ‘It's all part of our ability in this country to get into a kerfuffle over the philosophies of ‘living to work’ and ‘working to live’.’
- ‘The resultant kerfuffle almost overshadowed the fact that they'd released a belter of an album.’
- ‘No less than 3 people stopped by my car to see what the kerfuffle was all about and I had to explain to them that I was not, in fact, totally bonkers, but that I had a bee in my car and he wasn't getting out.’
- ‘I think all of the controversy and the congressional kerfuffle about this actually strengthens Mr. Bolton.’
- ‘This kerfuffle is a distraction from the debate that we should be having.’
- ‘The latest kerfuffle is likely to end the same way.’
- ‘There was a big kerfuffle when VoIP services first launched as to whether they should be regulated like traditional telcos.’
Early 19th century: perhaps from Scots curfuffle (probably from Scottish Gaelic car ‘twist, bend’ + imitative Scots fuffle ‘to disorder’), or related to Irish cior thual ‘confusion, disorder’.
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