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A state of chaos and confusion; a muddle.
- ‘And let us contrast it with the frequent shemozzles that characterise Her Majesty's Opposition, wherein disputes, dissent and debates rage.’
- ‘It wouldn't do, either, to underestimate the parental anger over the shemozzle of the current meningitis vaccine programme.’
- ‘According to a prison officer ‘there was a right schemozzle just as Mass ended.’’
- ‘I think it's absolutely fair to say that the immediate responses in dealing with the community exposure were a shemozzle.’
- ‘Here's the upshot of the whole shemozzle as I see it.’
Late 19th century: Yiddish, suggested by late Hebrew šel-lō'-mazzāl of no luck.
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