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
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