Definitions

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  • noun A state of chaos or confusion; a muddle.
  • noun A quarrel or rumpus.
  • verb To scarper.

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  • noun (Yiddish) a confused situation or affair; a mess

Etymologies

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

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  • ""That excuse would do if this was an ordinary day," she replied. "But there's a bit of a shemozzle on, my children. As you may have heard.""

    Concluding by Henry Green, p 91 of the New Directions paperback

    May 7, 2018