alphabet soup


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al′phabet soup′


n.
1. a soup containing small noodles in the shapes of letters of the alphabet.
2. a jumble of abbreviations, as of names of government agencies.
[1905–10]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.alphabet soup - a confusing assortment; "Roosevelt created an alphabet soup of federal agencies"
assortment, miscellanea, miscellany, mixed bag, motley, potpourri, salmagundi, smorgasbord, variety, mixture - a collection containing a variety of sorts of things; "a great assortment of cars was on display"; "he had a variety of disorders"; "a veritable smorgasbord of religions"
2.alphabet soup - soup that contains small noodles in the shape of letters of the alphabetalphabet soup - soup that contains small noodles in the shape of letters of the alphabet
soup - liquid food especially of meat or fish or vegetable stock often containing pieces of solid food
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And there's a veritable alphabet soup of other unidentified players: Co-conspirators A, C, D and Z and someone called Person X.
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It's an alphabet soup of agencies you've got to deal with," he said.
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No longer is that the case: Far from being beholden solely to tax officials from the IRS, LMSB, CRA, FTB, DOR, and OECD (as well as to elected officials), tax executives are today increasingly faced with mandates from an alphabet soup of non-tax regulatory agencies and quasi-regulatory bodies including the SEC, PCAOB, IASB, and FASB.