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Verb: mess up
  1. Make a mess of, destroy or ruin
    "I messed up the dinner and we had to eat out";
    - botch, bodge [Brit], bumble, fumble, botch up, muff, blow, flub [N. Amer], screw up, ball up, spoil, muck up, bungle, fluff, bobble [N. Amer], mishandle, louse up, foul up, butcher, balls up, cock up [Brit], goof up
     
  2. Disturb the smoothness of
    "mess up the surface of the water";
    - ruffle, ruffle up, rumple
     
  3. Make a mess of or create disorder in
    "He messed up his room";
    - mess
Noun: mess-up  mes úp
Usage: Brit
  1. Something badly botched or muddled
    - cockup [Brit]

Derived forms: messed up, mess-ups, messes up, messing up

Type of: disarrange, disarray, disorder, error, fail, fault, go wrong, miscarry, mistake