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  • n. A state of chaos or confusion; a muddle.
  • n. A quarrel or rumpus.
  • v. To scarper.

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  • n. (Yiddish) a confused situation or affair; a mess

Etymologies

From Yiddish שלימזל (shlimazl, "misfortune"), from Hebrew שלא מזל (shellōmazzāl), של (shel, "from, of") + לא (lō, "not") + מזל (mazzāl, "luck") (Wiktionary)

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