soup sandwich

soup sandwich

1. Something that is or has become hopelessly chaotic, disorganized, complicated, uncontrollable, etc. I feel like the whole tax system is one big soup sandwich. Seriously, how on earth did it ever become this complicated? If the project manager doesn't keep a tight rein from beginning to end, these sprawling projects can quickly turn into soup sandwiches.
2. Someone who is completely unhinged, out of control, or in an incoherent mental state. When I enlisted into the Army, I was nothing but a good-for-nothing soup sandwich. But they taught me to be disciplined, organized, motivated, and resilient in the face of adversity. After seeing how she flipped her lid at her students, everyone is starting to think she's just a soup sandwich.
See also: sandwich, soup

soup sandwich

n. something impossibly messy or impossible to deal with. This whole project is just a soup sandwich. I’ll never get it straightened out.
See also: sandwich, soup
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award goes to Catherine Willows, who uses the line "soup sandwich" to describe a body that doesn't look like soup or a sandwich.