shemozzle

Alternative Spellings

schemozzle, schemozzel, shemozzel

Definitions

  • an uproar, row
  • a confused state of affairs, muddle, state of chaos and confusion

Example Sentences

  • "The debate about climate change and how to deal with it is a shemozzle."

Languages of Origin

Yiddish

Etymology

Modification of Yiddish שלימזל 'shlimazl,' from German schlimm 'bad' and Hebrew מזל 'luck'

Regions

Australia / New Zealand

Dictionaries

None

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