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1.
Military term for an operation in which multiple things have gone wrong. Related to "SNAFU" (Situation Normal, All Fucked Up") and "FUBAR" (Fucked Up Beyond All Repair).

In radio communication or polite conversation (i.e. with a very senior officer with whom you have no prior experience) the term "clusterfuck" will often be replaced by the NATO phonetic acronym "Charlie Foxtrot."
By the time the artillery came in the enemy was already on top of us. It was a total clusterfuck.
door anonymous 18 oktober 2003
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2.
Traditionally/originally of military origin.

Today, however, "clusterfuck" is commonly used to descriptively generalize any situation with a large scale of disarray.

possibly synonyms: mess, disaster
1. "Well, that concert was a clusterfuck."
2. "Did you see the clusterfuck of a traffic jam on Main St.?"
3. "That house party turned into a giant clusterfuck once those cops showed up!"
door Pat N. 25 februari 2006
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3.
Miltary term for a situation caused by too many inept officers, cluster referring to the insignia worn my majors and LT. Colenels, oak leaf clusters.
The planning for this operation was a complete cluster fuck.
door Rick Maize 10 september 2003
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4.
A combination of things going extremely wrong in a short period of time within the same general activity -- caused by stupidity and/or ineptitude.

A polite term using the same initials would be compound fiasco.
This PR fiasco is a gigantic clusterfuck.
door Scandacious 18 maart 2004
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5.
military use: a situation where nothing will go right, casaulties will occur, evac will not happen, often engineered by the stupid.
"The Bradley got brewed up at the same time inbound arty started dropping, and the whole deal turned into a giant cluster fuck.
door Brian H 14 maart 2002
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6.
A situation that is totally fucked up, especially as a result of managerial incompetence.

Originally of military origin; a double play on the word "cluster," both evoking multiple fuckups, as used in the term "cluster bomb," and evoking the oak leaf or star "cluster" insignia of the REMF who did the fucking.
Military: "Fuck, I heard Wilkins bought it last night going into that 'headquarters building.' The fucker was shit empty except for the IED that blew him to hell. Took two other guys' legs off and shit. Whose goddamed idea was that whole clusterfuck, anyway?"

Civilian: "That Big Dig is a complete clusterfuck from end to end. Over budget, over due, and now under water."

Incorrect, but sounds like fun: "The three of us got together and clusterfucked all night."
door The Fucking Police 18 september 2006
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7.
Large quantity of confused people in a disorganized manner.
Sorry I'm late, it was a real clusterfuck on main street.
door anonymous 24 november 2002
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