it's a zoo

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it's a zoo

Some place or thing is busy, crowded, and/or chaotic. Primarily heard in US. I'm not going to the store on a Sunday, it's always a zoo then! Oh, it's a real zoo at this birthday party with 30 six-year-olds.
See also: zoo
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it's a zoo

Also, what a zoo. This is a place or situation of confusion and/or disorder. For example, Mary's got all these house guests with children and pets-it's a zoo, or We're in the midst of moving our office and files are all over the place-what a zoo! [Slang; late 1800s]
See also: zoo
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

it's a zoo

AMERICAN, INFORMAL
People say it's a zoo to mean that a situation is noisy and uncontrolled. Les Baux's views may be gorgeous, but at nearly two million visitors a year, it's a zoo.
See also: zoo
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