mess-up
mess-up mess-up n. Something badly botched or muddled. [British]

Syn: ballup, balls-up, cockup. [WordNet 1.5]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • mess up — {v. phr.}, {slang}, {informal} 1. To cause trouble; to spoil something. * /What did you have to mess up my accounts for?/ 2. To cause someone emotional trauma. * /Sue will never get married; she got messed up when she was a teenager./ 3. To beat… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • mess up — {v. phr.}, {slang}, {informal} 1. To cause trouble; to spoil something. * /What did you have to mess up my accounts for?/ 2. To cause someone emotional trauma. * /Sue will never get married; she got messed up when she was a teenager./ 3. To beat… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • mess up — mess (someone) up to cause someone emotional problems. I don t want to mess her up any more than she already is, I decided to leave her alone. He s so messed up. Having just one parent has been known to mess up a kid …   New idioms dictionary

  • mess up — mess up, v. t. 1. To make a mess[5] of; to confuse, disorder, or muddle; to muss; to jumble; to disturb. [PJC] 2. To botch[3]; to bungle. [PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • mess up — [v] disorder, dirty befoul, besmirch, bobble, bollix*, botch, bungle, clutter, confuse, damage, derange, destroy, disarrange, discompose, dishevel, disorganize, disturb, foul, goof up*, gum up*, jumble, litter, louse up, muddle, pollute, ruin,… …   New thesaurus

  • mess up — index confuse (create disorder), disrupt, spoil (impair) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • mess up — verb 1. make a mess of, destroy or ruin (Freq. 1) I botched the dinner and we had to eat out the pianist screwed up the difficult passage in the second movement • Syn: ↑botch, ↑bodge, ↑bumble, ↑fumble, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • mess up — phrasal verb Word forms mess up : present tense I/you/we/they mess up he/she/it messes up present participle messing up past tense messed up past participle messed up 1) [intransitive/transitive] to make a mistake, or to do something badly She… …   English dictionary

  • mess up — 1) PHRASAL VERB If you mess something up or if you mess up, you cause something to fail or be spoiled. [INFORMAL] [V n P] When politicians mess things up, it is the people who pay the price... [V P n (not pron)] He had messed up one career... [V …   English dictionary

  • mess\ up — v. phr. slang informal 1. To cause trouble; to spoil something. What did you have to mess up my accounts for? 2. To cause someone emotional trauma. Sue will never get married; she got messed up when she was a teenager. 3. To beat up someone… …   Словарь американских идиом

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