Definition of shemozzle in English:


Line breaks: she|moz¦zle
Pronunciation: /ʃɪˈmɒz(ə)l
(also schemozzle)


  • A state of chaos and confusion; a muddle: the debate about climate change and how to deal with it is a shemozzle
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    • And let us contrast it with the frequent shemozzles that characterise Her Majesty's Opposition, wherein disputes, dissent and debates rage.
    • Here's the upshot of the whole shemozzle as I see it.
    • I think it's absolutely fair to say that the immediate responses in dealing with the community exposure were a shemozzle.


late 19th century: Yiddish, suggested by late Hebrew šel-lō'-mazzāl 'of no luck'.

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