balls-up
noun Date: 1900 British sometimes vulgar foul-up

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  • balls up — (vulgar sl) 1. To make a muddle or mess of 2. To throw into confusion (ballsˈ up noun; ballsedˈ up adjective) • • • Main Entry: ↑ball * * * ˌballs ˈup [transitive] [ …   Useful english dictionary

  • balls-up — balls ups N COUNT If you make a balls up of something, you do it very badly and make a lot of mistakes. [BRIT, INFORMAL, RUDE] He was in danger of making a real balls up of this. Syn: pig s ear …   English dictionary

  • balls-up — n [singular] BrE informal something that has been done very badly or not successfully ▪ Nigel made a complete balls up of the arrangements …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • balls-up — alls up n. something badly botched or muddled; a foul up. [British] Syn: ballup, cockup, mess up, foul up. [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • balls-up — ► NOUN Brit. vulgar slang ▪ a bungled task or action …   English terms dictionary

  • balls-up — noun something badly botched or muddled • Syn: ↑ballup, ↑cockup, ↑mess up • Derivationally related forms: ↑mess up (for: ↑mess up), ↑ball up ( …   Useful english dictionary

  • balls up — phrasal verb [transitive] Word forms balls up : present tense I/you/we/they balls up he/she/it ballses up present participle ballsing up past tense ballsed up past participle ballsed up British impolite to do something very badly and make a lot… …   English dictionary

  • balls-up — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms balls up : singular balls up plural balls ups British impolite a mistake, or a difficult situation caused by mistakes that someone has made …   English dictionary

  • balls up — PHRASAL VERB If you balls up a task or activity, you do it very badly, making a lot of mistakes. [BRIT, INFORMAL, RUDE] [V P n (not pron)] You have single handedly ballsed up the most important diplomatic initiative of the decade!... [V n P] I… …   English dictionary

  • balls-up — /ˈbɔlz ʌp/ (say bawlz up) noun Colloquial 1. confusion arising from a mistake; a mess. 2. the mistake itself. {derived from phrasal verb balls up. See balls (defs 4 and 5) …   Australian English dictionary

  • balls-up — noun something which becomes muddled or botched in some way. I was making a cake but when I added too much sugar, it became the balls up of my cooking carreer. Syn: ballup, cock up, mess up …   Wiktionary

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