ball up

ball up
verb Date: 1884 transitive verb to make a mess of ; confuse, muddle intransitive verb to become badly muddled or confused

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  • ball up — verb make a mess of, destroy or ruin 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, ↑botch up, ↑muff, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • ball up — in. to mess up; to make a mess of things. □ Take your time at this. Go slow and you won’t ball up …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • ball up — verb a) To crush into a ball shape. She balled up her paper in frustration. b) to coil up into a ball. Her son balls up in fear whenever there is a storm. Syn: balls up …   Wiktionary

  • ball-up — /ˈbɔl ʌp/ (say bawl up) noun 1. Also, WA, bounce down. Australian Rules the bouncing of the ball by the field umpire to restart play after the ball has been smothered in a pack. 2. → balls up …   Australian English dictionary

  • ball up — {v.}, {slang} To make a mess of; confuse. * /Don t ball me up./ * /Hal balled up the business with his errors./ Often used in the passive. * /He was so balled up that he did not know if he was coming or going./ Compare: MIXED UP …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • ball up — {v.}, {slang} To make a mess of; confuse. * /Don t ball me up./ * /Hal balled up the business with his errors./ Often used in the passive. * /He was so balled up that he did not know if he was coming or going./ Compare: MIXED UP …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • ball\ up — v slang To make a mess of; confuse. Don t ball me up. Hal balled up the business with his errors. Often used in the passive. He was so balled up that he did not know if he was coming or going. Compare: mixed up …   Словарь американских идиом

  • ball up — Synonyms and related words: addle, addle the wits, becloud, bedazzle, befuddle, bewilder, bollix, bollix up, bother, bug, bugger, bugger up, cloud, complicate, confound, confuse, cook, daze, dazzle, discombobulate, discomfit, discompose,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • ball up — I (Roget s IV) v. Syn. muddle, jumble, tangle; see confuse . II (Roget s Thesaurus II) verb 1. To harm irreparably through inept handling; make a mess: blunder, boggle, botch, bungle, foul up, fumble, gum up, mess up, mishandle, mismanage, muddle …   English dictionary for students

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