alphabet soup

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al′phabet soup′

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.
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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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