foul up
verb Date: 1947 transitive verb 1. to make dirty ; contaminate 2. to spoil by making mistakes or using poor judgment ; confuse 3. entangle, block <
fouled up communications
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intransitive verb to cause a foul-up ; bungle <
it was his fault. He had fouled up — Pat Frank
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New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • foul up — {v.}, {informal} 1. To make dirty. * /The birds fouled up his newly washed car./ 2. To tangle up. * /He tried to throw a lasso but he got the rope all fouled up./ 3. To ruin or spoil by stupid mistakes; botch. * /He fouled the whole play up by… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • foul up — {v.}, {informal} 1. To make dirty. * /The birds fouled up his newly washed car./ 2. To tangle up. * /He tried to throw a lasso but he got the rope all fouled up./ 3. To ruin or spoil by stupid mistakes; botch. * /He fouled the whole play up by… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • foul-up — n informal a problem caused by a stupid or careless mistake →↑foul up ▪ a computer system foul up …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • foul up — (something) 1. to spoil something by making a mistake or doing something stupid. It takes the same amount of time to do things right as to foul them up. 2. to damage a machine or system. Too much aspirin can really foul up your stomach …   New idioms dictionary

  • foul-up — ☆ foul up [foul′up΄ ] n. Informal a mix up; botch; mess …   English World dictionary

  • foul-up — foul ups N COUNT A foul up is something that has gone badly wrong as a result of someone s mistakes or carelessness. [INFORMAL] A series of technical foul ups delayed the launch of the new product. Syn: bungle …   English dictionary

  • foul-up — n. an embarrassing mistake. Syn: blunder, blooper, bungle, flub, botch, boner, boo boo, misdoing. [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • foul up — [v] make a mess of botch, bungle, confuse, jumble, mismanage, mix up*, muck up*, muddle, screw up*, snafu*, snarl, tumble; concepts 16,234 Ant. fix, mend, organize …   New thesaurus

  • foul-up — foul ,up noun count INFORMAL a mistake in a process or system that means it cannot work effectively …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • foul-up — foul′ up n. 1) a condition of disorder brought on by inefficiency or stupidity 2) failure of a mechanical part to operate correctly • Etymology: 1940–45, amer …   From formal English to slang

  • foul-up — noun an embarrassing mistake • Syn: ↑blunder, ↑blooper, ↑bloomer, ↑bungle, ↑pratfall, ↑fuckup, ↑flub, ↑botch, ↑boner, ↑boo boo …   Useful english dictionary

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