1. Mess2. Confusion due to incompetence and/or insufficient organisation3. Perfect cock up4. Unsatisfactory result, usually with comic consequences5. Misguided effort6. Fiasco7. Consequence of failure to discover consequencesBelieved having been in typical usage when you look at the British armed forces from WW2, now (2007) largely anachronistic and used by older persons which remember it or have parents just who performed... may connect to the term "do not let the buggers allow you to get down" which most likely relates mainly into bullying of private soldiers during induction instruction by non-commissioned officials.