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snafu

(snæˈfu)
n. an accident; a foul-up. (Acronym. From situation normal, all fouled (fucked) up. Also capitalized.) What a snafu! All the power went off when you turned on the coffeepot.
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But if the city manages to carry it off with only an average number of snafus, there's an argument to be made that we keep the Olympics there forever--and give the Greeks a chance to perfect their invention.
Recently treatment activist Eric Goldman followed up and found that patent and policy snafus have apparently prevented these drugs from being tested and developed for HIV.
One solution to the snafus with the selection process for the Nijinsky Awards is to have the recipients selected by a committee that is familiar with the work and reputations of the nominees.
Commercial-off-the-shelf products, once championed as a solution, are creating snafus of their own, partly because the many products that are available may or may not be compatible with each other, Covert said.
But, about three years ago, a combination of rail congestion and railroad merger snafus began holding up eastbound cargo on the West Coast during peak shipping seasons.
The possibility of anticipatory Y2K snafus wreaking havoc recently prompted The Tax Executive to investigate whether TEI members had been the victims of errant computer programming in two unrelated instances.
The last in a long series of snafus occurred in the 1960s, when a city worker dropping a manhole cover killed the pump.
Bobby Houston's peripatetic lens captures it all: the down-to-the-wire prelaunch snafus, the "Will they make it to the starting gate?
But when the fateful eve comes and goes, it is apparent that preparations have largely been sufficient to ensure compliance, with only minor snafus occurring.
These ill-fated missions were cut short by technical snafus and operator errors.
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A complicated series of snafus involves him in more than the manuscript's return in The Fitzgerald Ruse, a tense thriller perfect for any serious mystery library.
When finally called out on his use of the secret hold, Stevens said he was worried about possible bureaucratic snafus in implementation and wanted to wait for a cost-benefit analysis.
Popular items such as fruit juice slushes and frozen yogurt were taken off the shelves because of bureaucratic snafus.
For instance, Fiat has some owners marooned for weeks without their vehicles due to logistics snafus in Fiat's distribution system.