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shemozzle

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

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

NounEdit

shemozzle (plural shemozzles)

  1. A state of chaos or confusion; a muddle.
  2. A quarrel or rumpus.

VerbEdit

shemozzle (third-person singular simple present shemozzles, present participle shemozzling, simple past and past participle shemozzled)

  1. To scarper.

ReferencesEdit

  • OED 2nd edition 1989
  • Macquarie 2nd edition 1991