shemozzle

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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

Noun[edit]

shemozzle (plural shemozzles)

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

Verb[edit]

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

  1. To scarper.

References[edit]

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