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 for hosed
From The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) :

  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.
  

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