cock-up
noun Date: circa 1948 British mess 3b

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • cock-up — n BrE spoken informal something that has been spoiled by someone s stupid mistake or by being done badly ▪ He s made a monumental cock up of his first assignment. cock up over ▪ There s been a cock up over the tickets for the football on Saturday …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • cock-up — cock ups N COUNT If you make a cock up of something, you ruin it by doing something wrong. [BRIT, INFORMAL, RUDE] He was in danger of making a real cock up of this... This was just an administrative cock up …   English dictionary

  • cock|up — «KOK UHP», noun. 1. a distinct turn up at the end or tip. 2. a hat or cap with the brim turned up. cock up «KOK UHP», noun. British Slang. a clumsy muddle or mess; confusion: »The Russians have made a proper cock up of Marx... (Sunday Times) …   Useful english dictionary

  • cock-up — [käk′up΄] n. [Brit. Slang] a state or instance of confusion; mix up * * * cock up (kŏkʹŭp ) n. Chiefly British Slang A blunder; a mess. * * * …   Universalium

  • cock-up — [käk′up΄] n. [Brit. Slang] a state or instance of confusion; mix up …   English World dictionary

  • cock-up — cock ,up noun count BRITISH IMPOLITE a bad mistake or something that has been done very badly …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • cock-up — ► NOUN Brit. informal ▪ something done badly or inefficiently …   English terms dictionary

  • cock up — verb raise The dog pricked up his ears • Syn: ↑prick up, ↑prick • Hypernyms: ↑rear, ↑erect • Verb Frames: Somebody s something …   Useful english dictionary

  • cock-up — noun (BrE, informal) ADJECTIVE ▪ complete, real, total VERB + COCK UP ▪ make ▪ He made a real cock up of it. PREPOSIT …   Collocations dictionary

  • cock up — phrasal verb [transitive] Word forms cock up : present tense I/you/we/they cock up he/she/it cocks up present participle cocking up past tense cocked up past participle cocked up British impolite to spoil something by doing it wrongly …   English dictionary

  • cock-up — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms cock up : singular cock up plural cock ups British impolite a bad mistake, or something that has been done very badly …   English dictionary

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