MIT slang:
the state of being overloaded with work. Most-often, being hosed implies that your work is academically inclined, but it can also be caused by a job, extracurricular activity, or anything else that has a deadline.
When someone is hosed, and trying to resolve this, they are usually said to be tooling.
If someone is not tooling, they are said to be punting.

The origin of the term is from the quote and M.I.T. mantra: "Getting an education at MIT is like trying to take a drink from a firehose"
hose = H = hot chat

hosed adj.

Same as down. Used primarily by Unix hackers. Humorous: also implies a condition thought to be relatively easy to reverse. Probably derived from the Canadian slang `hoser' popularized by the Bob and Doug Mackenzie skits on SCTV, but this usage predated SCTV by years in hackerdom (it was certainly already live at CMU in the 1970s). See hose. It is also widely used of people in the mainstream sense of `in an extremely unfortunate situation'.

Once upon a time, a Cray that had been experiencing periodic difficulties crashed, and it was announced to have been hosed. It was discovered that the crash was due to the disconnection of some coolant hoses. The problem was corrected, and users were then assured that everything was OK because the system had been rehosed. See also dehose.

--The Jargon File version 4.3.1, ed. ESR, autonoded by rescdsk.

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