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fubar

adjective fu·bar \ ˈfü-ˌbär \
variants: or less commonly FUBAR

Definition of fubar

US slang
: thoroughly confused, disordered, damaged or ruined
  • Likewise, if users get completely fubar while filling in the multitudes of fields in all the different pages of your dialog, they may choose the ejector seat and press the Cancel button.
  • —Dave EdsonMicrosoft Systems JournalOctober 1994
  • Robby paced from side to side, impatient to move out and investigate what looked to be a FUBAR situation.
  • —David AbramsFobbit2012
  • It's not just illegal immigration; the legal kind is fubar, too …
  • —John DerbyshireNational Review3 Dec. 2007
  • For some, this epitomizes that widely held view that the Army—the military in general—usually manages to foul things up in unique ways. (This view has also been immortalized in such wry expressions as SNAFU and FUBAR.)
  • —Patrick P. McCurdyChemical Week5 Mar. 1986

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Origin and Etymology of fubar

fucked up beyond all recognition


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fubar

transitive verb fu·bar \ ˈfü-ˌbär \

Definition of fubar

fubared; fubaring; fubars
US slang
: to break or severely damage (something) : to make a mess of (something) usually used in passive constructions
  • But they did know that ecosystems were especially tiresome when they got fubared, so they protected the environment with the same implacable, plodding … mentality that they applied to designing overpasses and culverts.
  • —Neal StephensonThe Diamond Age1995
  • I understand the symbolism here, which suggests that if even McDonald's can't make a buck in Iceland, then Iceland's economy is totally fubared.
  • —Andrew LeonardSalon.com27 Oct. 2009

First Known Use of fubar

1946


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