spaghetti bowl
 n.— «In addition to several bilateral trade agreements, African countries belong to at least 12 regional trade agreements, each with a different set of rules that members and non-members have to follow while trading. Their memberships often overlap and diagrams illustrating them look like doodles, prompting economists to refer to them as a “spaghetti bowl.”» —“Africa trade pacts slow investment—W.Bank official” in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania Reuters Nov. 10, 2006. (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)

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