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snafu

[ sna-foo, snaf-oo ]
/ snæˈfu, ˈsnæf u /
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noun
a badly confused or ridiculously muddled situation: A ballot snafu in the election led to a recount.
an error or miscalculation, especially one leading to a confused or muddled situation:After some snafu deleted all my data files, I've finally managed to rebuild everything—I think!
adjective
Also sna·fued . in disorder; out of control; chaotic: What you’re proposing is a snafu scheme that simply won't work.
verb (used with object), sna·fued, sna·fu·ing.
to throw into disorder; muddle: Losing his passport snafued the whole vacation.
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Origin of snafu

First recorded in 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 snafu

snafu
/ (snæˈfuː) slang mainly military /

noun
confusion or chaos regarded as the normal state
adjective
(postpositive) confused or muddled up, as usual
verb -fus, -fuing or -fued
(tr) US and Canadian to throw into chaos

Word Origin for snafu

C20: from s (ituation) n (ormal): a (ll) f (ucked or ouled) u (p)
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