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snafu

[sna-foo, snaf-oo] /snæˈfu, ˈsnæf u/
noun
1.
a badly confused or ridiculously muddled situation:
A ballot snafu in the election led to a recount.
Antonyms: order, efficiency, calm.
adjective, Rare.
2.
in disorder; out of control; chaotic:
a snafu scheme that simply won't work.
verb (used with object), snafued, snafuing. Rare.
3.
to throw into disorder; muddle:
Losing his passport snafued the whole vacation.
Synonyms: confuse, mess up, bungle.
Origin
1940-1945
1940-45; s(ituation) n(ormal): a(ll) f(ucked) u(p); sometimes euphemistically construed as f(ouled) u(p)
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British Dictionary definitions for snafued

snafu

/snæˈfuː/
noun
1.
confusion or chaos regarded as the normal state
adjective
2.
(postpositive) confused or muddled up, as usual
verb -fus, -fuing, -fued
3.
(transitive) (US & Canadian) to throw into chaos
Word Origin
C20: from s(ituation) n(ormal): a(ll) f(ucked or ouled) u(p)
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Word Origin and History for snafued

snafu

n.

1941, U.S. military slang, acronym for situation normal, all fucked up, "an expression conveying the common soldier's laconic acceptance of the disorder of war and the ineptitude of his superiors" ["Oxford English Dictionary"]. As an adjective from 1942. In public explanations the word typically was euphemised to fouled.

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Slang definitions & phrases for snafued

snafu

adjective

: It's a very snafu set-up here

noun
  1. A very confused situation; fuck-up, mess: The snafu occurred at Markwood Road
  2. A blunder; an egregious mistake; blooper: My attempt to set things right was a total snafu
verb

: He gave it a good shot, but snafued horribly

[WWII armed forces; fr situation normal, all fucked up]


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Related Abbreviations for snafued

snafu

  1. situation normal all fouled up
  2. situation normal all fucked up
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