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In the morning, Mae called Annie, who was on her way to the airport, heading to Mexico to untangle some regulatory snafu.
Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  situation normal - all fouled up (an acronym)
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snafu snafus
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Although snafu is an acronym (a word made from the first letter of a series of words), it is typically written snafu, rather than SNAFU.
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  • In the morning, Mae called Annie, who was on her way to the airport, heading to Mexico to untangle some regulatory snafu.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • Until the snafu was straightened out, he had to subsist on candy bars from Red Cross nurses.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • If this case gets messed up because of some legal snafu’well, they aren’t strong enough to go through it twice.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes
  • I imagined the usual plots—a helicopter rescue, a tunnel, a paperwork snafu and mistaken release.
    Jack Gantos  --  Hole in My Life

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  • Hard to the east is the Salton Sea, a placid ocean in miniature, its surface more than two hundred feet below sea level, created in 1905 by a monumental engineering snafu: Not long after a canal was dug from the Colorado River to irrigate rich farmland in the Imperial Valley, the river breached its banks during a series of major floods, carved a new channel, and began to gush unabated into the Imperial Valley Canal.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • The danger, and the necessity of not having a communications’ snafu, must be just as apparent in the Pentagon, or the White House, or wherever the President is, as it is here.
    Pat Frank  --  Alas, Babylon
  • Low-cost second-line antibiotics would soon be on their way to Russia, but at the moment various snafus had delayed their arrival.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Mountains Beyond Mountains
  • By now, the COs realized that there had been some snafu with the plumbing.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Change of Heart
  • Just sign this paper that I briefed you in this little snafu.
    Dave Peizer  --  A Man Named Dave
  • Instead of going to Cleveland with their necks shaved for the drop of the guillotine blade, they would show up with battle plans drawn to reverse the effects of the Zingers snafu.
    Stephen King  --  Cujo

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  • It’s always a SNAFU: situation normal, all f—ed up.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Lucky One
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Associated words [difficulty]:   snafu [8]
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Most commonly used in these subjects:   Business, Personal Finance, Sports
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