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  • n  (Yiddish) a confused situation or affair; a mess

  • After that, the picture turns into a shemozzle over the manufacturer's soul as well as his love life (Valerie French) and his dollar, with the racketeer on the side of the angels .

  • Kevin Rudd in The Age
    There you have it - a shemozzle when it comes to the current system of industrial relations for small business and for working families,Opposition Leader Kevin Rudd told reporters in Queensland.
  • Bob Brown in Trend News Agency
    This is a complete shemozzle from the Government,Greens leader Bob Brown said Monday. "Here's Australia, which was the big sensation at Bali, going to be the big cop-out at Poznan. It's all happened in 12 months. It's quite astonishing."
  • Peter Everitt in Melbourne Herald Sun
    They were very, very unprofessional about it and I know a few of the clubs are feeling the same way, sending complaints about how unprofessional they were because it was a shemozzle,Everitt said on SEN radio yesterday.

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