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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Slang Crazy or senseless activity or behavior; craziness.

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  • n. (Yiddish) craziness; senseless behavior or activity


Yiddish meshegas, from Hebrew məšuggā'; see meshuga.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


  • At the end of the day the Midterm Roundup is just happy that the word “meshugaas” has suddenly become so appropriate in describing this race.

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  • Meanwhile WaPo’s Dana Milbank provides the latest take on the Macaca meshugaas: the incident has transformed George Allen from brash cowboy into compulsive apologizer.

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  • Also spelled mishegas, mishegaas, mishegoss.

    April 12, 2011