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shlemozzle

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shemozzle

noun

A difficult and confused situation; an uproar; melee; mess, rhubarb: It became clear that the whole shlamozzle, introns and exons, are transcribed into RNA (1899+)

verb

To depart; powder, scram (1903+)

[ultimately probably fr Yiddish shlim mazel, ''rotten luck,'' hence ''a difficulty or misfortune,'' and related to shlemazel]


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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