mess up

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v mess up make a mess of or create disorder in "He messed up his room"
    • v mess up disturb the smoothness of "ruffle the surface of the water"
    • v mess up 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"
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Usage

In literature:

Hell, I'd croak before I'd mess this up...!
"The Planet Strappers" by Raymond Zinke Gallun
Then I'd be willing to come back here and go on cooking up messes.
"The Innocents" by Sinclair Lewis
However, the mess was cleared up at last, and I had to make the best of the place, such as it was.
"Q.6.a and Other places" by Francis Buckley
It's too messed up with temperament and imagination.
"Black Oxen" by Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
A great show was made of stirring up the mess, but it was a pure farce.
"The Escape of a Princess Pat" by George Pearson
He'll mess things up for me yit.
"Isle o' Dreams" by Frederick F. Moore
It was buckle to it, and work furiously, and clean up the mess, and then on to the next.
"Young Hilda at the Wars" by Arthur Gleason
They're messing up my dinner-cards.
"Beatrice Leigh at College" by Julia Augusta Schwartz
It's Aunt Martha has stirred all this mess up, and she'd make the angel Gabriel prove who he was by blowin' bugle calls.
"Odd Numbers" by Sewell Ford
Come on, girls, help clear up this mess, and then I'll find the paper.
"Caps and Capers" by Gabrielle E. Jackson
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In poetry:

Nah, dooan't touch mi thimel or needle an threead;
Sit daan like a gooid little child as tha art;
Wol aw wipe up this mess, an side th' butter an breead,
Then aw'll gie thi a penny to buy thi a tart.
"Come Thi Ways In" by John Hartley
And what do you eat in the mess there compounded?
For roast beef, the gravy the soap-man should claim--
The soup some odd things might turn up if sounded,
And other "made-dishes" might turn up the same.
"Nothing To Eat" by Horatio Alger Jr
The old mess box built in her back, is still standin'.
But the canvas is gone that we put on her bows.
Each year she went out fer the round up and brandin',
And came back from the beef hunt along with the snows.
"The Chuck Wagon" by Bruce Kiskaddon
So feathered friend, until the end you may divide my den,
And make a mess, which (more or less) I clean up now and then.
But I prefer the doom to share of dead and gone compeers,
Than parrot be, and live to see ten times a hundred years.
"Longevity" by Robert W Service
Woman's sho' a cur'ous critter, an' dey ain't no doubtin' dat.
She's a mess o' funny capahs f'om huh slippahs to huh hat.
Ef you tries to un'erstan' huh, an' you fails, des' up an' say:
"D' ain't a bit o' use to try to un'erstan' a woman's way."
"The Turning Of The Babies In The Bed" by Paul Laurence Dunbar

In news:

Did she just mess up.
When everybody was trying to focus up, I would be the one messing with everyone, trying to slap somebody's helmet.
That sparkly mess is a pain to clean up – until now.
And no, I don't mean in the sense that "Wall Street messed up now we're all suffering".
" "Gregory Nash clean this mess up and get back to class yelled his teacher.
You want to go for a hike , but you don't want to mess up the ecosystem.
But while you are thinking of all the chaos and things you need to get done in the next 30 days, make sure you pay attention to what you stuff into your turkey, or you might end up with a mess.
Did you ever wonder how the world got so messed up.
My spidey sense is all messed up.
An eastbound lane is still closed as Hazmat crews, Manitou Springs Fire Department officials and Colorado State Patrol continue to clean up the mess.
I REALLY love it when random people completely messes up asking random celebrities out.
Richmond County crews were at the scene for several hours cleaning up the mess.
Officials in Norfolk had to clean up a milky mess after a tanker truck overturned.
They had problems on their site and names and other things got messed up over there.
IRS starts mopping up Congress's tax-reporting mess.
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In science:

Even worse, we may use the odd chips to reset the arrows and thus mess up the even chips.
Deterministic Random Walks on the Integers
To complete the argument, we combine these estimates by means of the union bound and clean up the resulting mess.
Finding structure with randomness: Probabilistic algorithms for constructing approximate matrix decompositions
Where RR made a mistake is apparent, they messed up the transformation behavior of the electric charge density and attributed to the charge a screw sense that cannot be found in nature.
An electric charge has no screw sense--a comment on the twistfree formulation of electrodynamics by da Rocha & Rodrigues
This messes up the internal balance of the star, which then begins to bloat into a so-called red giant.
Computational Asteroseismology
The way the consistency constraint was originally written into the CCFM equation should not be used because it messes up real-virtual cancellations as discussed below in section 4.6.4.
Small x Phenomenology: Summary and Status
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