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MESS UP

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does mess up mean? 

MESS UP (verb)
  The verb MESS UP has 3 senses:

1. make a mess of, destroy or ruin
2. disturb the smoothness of
3. make a mess of or create disorder in

  Familiarity information: MESS UP used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


MESS UP (verb)


Sense 1mess up [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Make a mess of, destroy or ruin

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Synonyms:

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

Context examples:

I botched the dinner and we had to eat out / the pianist screwed up the difficult passage in the second movement

Hypernyms (to "mess up" is one way to...):

fail; go wrong; miscarry (be unsuccessful)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s something


Sense 2mess up [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Disturb the smoothness of

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

rumple; ruffle up; mess up; ruffle

Context example:

ruffle the surface of the water

Hypernyms (to "mess up" is one way to...):

disarrange (destroy the arrangement or order of)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


Sense 3mess up [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Make a mess of or create disorder in

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

mess; mess up

Context example:

He messed up his room

Hypernyms (to "mess up" is one way to...):

disarray; disorder (bring disorder to)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


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