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or tzim·mes  (tsĭm′ĭs)
1. A stew of vegetables or fruits cooked slowly over very low heat.
2. Informal A state of confusion.

[Yiddish tsimes : Middle High German ze, zuo, to, for (from Old High German; see de- in Indo-European roots) + Middle High German imbiz, light meal (from Old High German, from enbizzan, to eat : in, in; see en in Indo-European roots + bīzan, bizzan, to bite; see bheid- in Indo-European roots).]
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or tsim•mes

(ˈtsɪm ɪs)

1. a casserole or stew of vegetables, fruit, and sometimes meat.
2. Slang. fuss; uproar; hullabaloo.
[1890–95; < Yiddish tsimes < Middle High German z, ze, unstressed variant of zuo at, to + imbīz light meal; see in-1, bite]
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Part of the problem is that tsimmes, as many Americans know it today, has been reduced to a gloppy, cloyingly sweet compote.
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