• WordNet 3.6
    • n mess-up something badly botched or muddled
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In literature:

I expected to see the spick and span schooner all messed up with try-out works, and grease, and smoke.
"Swept Out to Sea" by W. Bertram Foster
I really didn't mean to do anything to mess up your party!
"The Heart of Arethusa" by Francis Barton Fox
I won't mess up the place.
"Unborn Tomorrow" by Dallas McCord Reynolds
Sam, however, was fed up with the whole mess, and would have given his eyeteeth to clear up the whole stupid farce.
"Damned If You Don't" by Gordon Randall Garrett
Engineers labored doggedly in the trivial gravity to clean up the mess.
"The Aliens" by Murray Leinster
She had cleaned up the worst of the mess and changed into a fresh shirt and jeans.
"Make Mine Homogenized" by Rick Raphael
Now what would I get if I went out and really messed some guy up?
"Alarm Clock" by Everett B. Cole
I wouldn't get tangled up in a mess with those creatures for anything!
"Letter of the Law" by Alan Edward Nourse
Still I'm not going to leave the ship in your hands until I have messed her up a bit.
"Rodman The Boatsteerer And Other Stories" by Louis Becke
On going up the hatchway, I found all hands busy scrubbing and washing down the decks, which were in a precious mess.
"Crown and Anchor" by John Conroy Hutcheson

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:

And though Samantha did better than most at cleaning up what was a relatively small mess, she couldn't get to all of it.
They just feel safe because it's hard to mess up the setup.
Messing up my picks and making the Coastal picture even more confusing .
Starbucks messed up your Grande Frappuccino.
OXFORD TOWN – Hard to mess up this post and photograph, huh.
In other words, Silverado and Sierra owners like their trucks and GM designers didn't want to mess that up.
Wood County Highway Department officials and others have finished cleaning up the mess on Highway 54 in the Village of Biron this morning.
If you don't feel like making all that mess in your kitchen or you just want to change things up, we have some options.
Here's one of the more messed up pranks you can pull on people.
Someone to tell me that I'm either doing things right, or yes, I did mess up, but it's OK.
Watching Sunday's game live, I mistakenly thought the Ravens were just messing around when they lined up in that weird fake -punt formation.
Watching Sunday's game live, I mistakenly thought the Ravens were just messing around when they lined up in that weird fake-punt formation.
The people in this video prove that there's a reason you shouldn't mess with explosives, and that fireworks can in fact hurt when they blow up in your hand or on your face.
Bet you wish you knew this little morsel before you packed the car up and headed off for your summer vacation:reclining in the front seat of a car with your belts on can really, really mess you up should you happen to crash.
Got me thinking though what if I totally messed it up.

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