term that denotes that something is completely haywire
. When one says that something is as "hosed up like a Chinese fire drill" it means that there is a massive confusion going on. The complexities and complications of the Chinese language is probably a factor in the use of this term. Still, it's a racist term to use because it implies that Chinese
people don't have their shit
together. Besides, if you were to see a REAL fire drill in China
it probably would be just as orderly as one held in the West
, even with the Chinese language being as difficult as it is. Sometimes the term "Polish fire drill
" is used to mean the same thing.
Billy is 16 and taking driver's ed. He pumped the accelerator too forcefully. He killed the engine and needs to wait a minute or two, then start it up again. Sitting next to him is the driving instructor Gerald. Gerald tells Billy that he's got it all fucked up
like a Chinese fire drill.