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schlimazel

[shli-mah-zuh l] /ʃlɪˈmɑ zəl/
noun, Slang.
1.
an inept, bungling person who suffers from unremitting bad luck.
Also, schlimazl, shlimazel, shlimazl.
Origin
1945-1950
1945-50; < Yiddish, equivalent to shlim bad (compare Middle High German slimp wrong) + mazl luck < Modern Hebrew mazzāl
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schlemazel

noun

An awkward, unfortunate, maladjusted person; sad sack

[1940s+, but probably earlier; fr Yiddish shlimazel fr shlim mazel, ''rotten luck''; British slang shemozzle, shlemozzle, ''a muddle, an unhappy plight,'' is found by 1889 and is probably related]


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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