North American informal
A confused or chaotic state; a mess: an enormous amount of my time was devoted to untangling snafus
More 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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1940s: acronym from situation normal: all fouled (or fucked) up.