North American • informal
- A confused or chaotic state; a mess: an enormous amount of my time was devoted to untangling snafusMore example sentences
- In recent years the defense and aerospace giant has weathered operational snafus, ethical scandals, criminal convictions, and abrupt executive departures.
- Soon the entire situation spirals out of control into a tragicomic mess of blunders, language barriers, bureaucratic snafus, and spin control.
- After arriving, we encountered a few administrative snafus, but we quickly surmounted them, and we were set to start carrier ops the next day.
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- In utter confusion or chaos: our refrigeration plant is snafuMore example sentences
- In a follow-up to the seaweed snafu news of these past weeks, we can report that some of the weed has been dispersed but there remains a persistent pungency in the on-shore breeze.
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- Throw (a situation) into chaos: you ignored his orders and snafued everythingMore example sentences
- Accounts differ about what happened to snafu that deal, but because it didn't go through, IBM contacted a small company called Microsoft.
1940s: acronym from situation normal: all fouled (or fucked) up.