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English verb: mess up

1. mess up (social) make a mess of, destroy or ruin


SamplesI botched the dinner and we had to eat out.
The pianist screwed up the difficult passage in the second movement.


Synonymsball up, blow, bobble, bodge, bollix, bollix up, bollocks, bollocks up, botch, botch up, bumble, bungle, flub, fluff, foul up, fuck up, fumble, louse up, mishandle, muck up, muff, screw up, spoil


Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)fail, go wrong, miscarry

2. mess up (contact) disturb the smoothness of


SamplesRuffle the surface of the water.


Synonymsruffle, ruffle up, rumple


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)disarrange

3. mess up (change) make a mess of or create disorder in


SamplesHe messed up his room.


Synonymsmess


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)disarray, disorder









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