Mess with a bull, you get the horns - If you do something stupid or dangerous, you can get hurt.
Sell your birthright for a mess of pottage - If a person sells their birthright for a mess of pottage, they accept some trivial financial or other gain, but lose something much more important. 'Sell your soul for a mess of pottage' is an alternative form.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. mes, OF. mets, LL. missum, p. p. of mittere, to put, place (e. g., on the table), L. mittere, to send. See Mission, and cf. Mass religious service
Make any kind of a mess out of it you want to.
"Space Viking" by Henry Beam Piper
Of course, you have not got your full kit yet; but you will want a mess jacket and waistcoat.
"At the Point of the Bayonet" by G. A. Henty
He just caught a fleeting glimpse of something dropping lightly to the ground close beside the mess tent.
"The Banner Boy Scouts on a Tour" by George A. Warren
You've got in a nice mess!
"Follow My leader" by Talbot Baines Reed
In other words, you're making a jolly mess, and are enjoying yourselves.
"Tom, Dick and Harry" by Talbot Baines Reed
Now, you come down and mess with us, and Mr. Peters can take the deck when he comes.
"The Pirate Shark" by Elliott Whitney
And you are going to dine with him at the mess this evening.
"In Honour's Cause" by George Manville Fenn
I was let into all the secrets of the mess in which the youngsters were placed by the captain to be instructed and kept in order.
"Frank Mildmay" by Captain Frederick Marryat
Now that we are in harbour, I mess here, because Mrs Trotter is on board.
"Peter Simple" by Frederick Marryat
For a modest fellow you are certainly capable of stirring up a queer mess of situations.
"Blacksheep! Blacksheep!" by Meredith Nicholson
Dooant sell yor heavenly birthright,
For a mess ov worldly pottage:
But spend less time i'th' squire's hall
An moor i'th' poor man's cottage.
"Old Dave To Th' New Parson" by John Hartley
They agreed at their mess - they agreed in the glass -
They agreed in the choice of their "set,"
And they also agreed in adoring, alas!
The Vivandiere, pretty FILLETTE.
"The Two Majors" by William Schwenck Gilbert
And here's where they tortured the prisoners -
On that rack when they wouldn't confess
They were crushed till their life's blood ran drip, drip, drip.
Feeling faint, Sir? Well, here's sergeant's mess.
"The Beefeater" by Weston and Lee
"Send a swift shallop to Hiram of Tyre,
Felling and floating our beautiful trees,
Say that the Brethren and I desire
Talk with our Brethren who use the seas.
And we shall be happy to meet them at mess
As Fellow-Craftsmen-no more and no less."
"Banquet Night" by Rudyard Kipling
I didn't oughter give me 'ome address
To sergeant when 'e last went on 'is leave;
And now the 'ole shebang's a bloody mess;
I didn't think the missis would deceive.
And 'ere was I, a-riskin' of me life,
And thee was 'e, a-sleepin' wiv me wife.
"Infidelity" 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
Sandy makes a mess, leaving East Coast dazed, confused by storm.
A whole mess of the Murphys.
The Buell is a filthy mess.
El Dorado Hills Boulevard turned intoa soggy mess Wednesday evening when a water main in the median broke.
Don't mess with the Electoral College .
Reason why his nose is so messed up is because of his massive cocaine use.
Sometimes little mistakes leave a big mess.
The Dallas dining scene, summer's most sizzling accessory and one big, hot mess — just a few items included in our HOT August rundown.
Sure, they mess with the movie and poke fun at it.
Kohl pencils can smudge easily and liquid—for those of us with a shaky hand—can result in looking like a hot mess.
Kevin Federline owes big bucks after leaving a big mess.
As any Evil Dead fan should know, it's dangerous to mess with ancient texts.
The singer, who performed in Los Angeles Monday, is called "entertaining" and "a mess pretty much from start to finish.".
Don't Mess – I am RAD.
What a mess the Christmas blizzard made here in northwest Iowa.
It now looks as if z → z + 1 produces a complete mess, and it is diﬃcult to understand this action from (4.14).
Lectures on Nongeometric Flux Compactifications
It is hard to extract further physical results from this, because as soon as the number of efolds after Sc become substantial, it could well be that this messes up the WMAP agreement in the density perturbation, which is dependent on the region about 60 efolds before the end of inﬂation.
D-term inflation after spontaneous symmetry breaking
The minimal version, which introduces messengers in the fundamental representation of SU(5), produces O(100 GeV) SUSY masses for a messenger scale Λmess ∼ 100 TeV.
Status of Constraints on Supersymmetry
The triplescalar couplings (A-terms) are almost zero at the messenger scale Λmess ∼ 100 TeV and remain relatively small at the electroweak scale.
Status of Constraints on Supersymmetry
As already said before, the observations of the process X are blurred with a (small) noise, which messes things up when data are recorded with high-frequency.
Testing for jumps in a discretely observed process