muck up

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v muck up soil with mud, muck, or mire "The child mucked up his shirt while playing ball in the garden"
    • v muck 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"
    • ***

Usage

In literature:

So he heaped up a pillow of the muck, spread his blanket out and lay down.
"The Search" by Grace Livingston Hill
We got five hundred feet up yonder plum full of holes, and we ain't shoveled out naught but muck.
"Colorado Jim" by George Goodchild
If we leave go that muck up yon, it'll be like me dressin' for mass an' no rackin' down me hair, so it would.
"Reels and Spindles" by Evelyn Raymond
The water was cold and the muck seemed to reach up for him.
"Smugglers' Reef" by John Blaine
Just the small men that have got up out of the muck.
"Ireland as It Is" by Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
Don't muck 'em up with your own dainty feet!
"The Monk of Hambleton" by Armstrong Livingston
A soil composed of light muck, or a kind of peet-soil, will dry up soon.
"Soil Culture" by J. H. Walden
ExPe doesn't like anybody mucking up primary evidence.
"The Planet with No Nightmare" by Jim Harmon
Earl let the large lump fall into the dirt and covered it up with tundra muck.
"To Alaska for Gold" by Edward Stratemeyer
If we didn't, we'd be mucked up to the horses' bellies in no time.
"From Sea to Sea" by Rudyard Kipling
While Jap Herron was cleanin' up, it was slingin' muck at him.
"Jap Herron" by Emily Grant Hutchings
I won't run a-muck for a week, at all events, till I see what may turn up.
"Old New Zealand:" by 'A Pakeha Maori' [Frederick Edwa [Maning]
Got rotted by young Blenkinsop for mucking the show up.
"Our Battalion" by Leonard Raven-Hill
Since Launch is a muck-up now, our best bet is to keep Ramirez off guard for a while and go ahead and take down Command.
"Project Cyclops" by Thomas Hoover
You seem to have pretty well mucked it up.
"Just William" by Richmal Crompton
He noted now that in all cases no chaparral grew up through the muck that had been thrown out.
"The Heritage of the Hills" by Arthur P. Hankins
I won't run a muck for a week, at all events, till I see what may turn up.
"Old New Zealand" by A Pakeha Maori
One of the most beautiful songs of that week I heard in the middle of a marsh, up to my knees in muck, water, and sphagnum moss.
"Everyday Adventures" by Samuel Scoville
Why didn't you brace him up again, High-Muck?
"The Arm-Chair at the Inn" by F. Hopkinson Smith
Then he caught sight of the piece of cloth, picked it up, and looked at the mauled and blood-stained muck on it.
"Wisconsin in Story and Song;" by Various
***

In poetry:

For when the well was cleaned out quite
Of all its logs and muck and clay
They tipped a drayload down at night
And worked to haul it up next day.
"The Squatter, Three Cornstalks, and the Well" by Henry Lawson

In news:

Barkat Khan was shot dead as he slept, curled up in the muck in one of the roughest parts of Karachi, Pakistan.
We need to know what's mucking up the financial system.
PACs clearly muck up politics.
Michael Kay, the TV voice of the Yankees, the most storied franchise in sports, is not above mucking it up in a Twitter war — with a college kid.
Sanitary district mucks up response Ross Valley further sullies reputation by not spilling forth over spills.
Three 2,500 gallon vacuum trucks are sucking up water and oily muck from Sand Creek north of downtown Denver, trying to keep more of the pollution from reaching the South Platte River.
How could the slimy green muck that grows in your aquarium and washes up on the beach be a future cornerstone of American energy independence.
Shickshinny, Luzerne County--Muck, gut, and clean-it up.
Material handler clears the muck and cuts clean-up costs during construction of a Seattle subway line.
Three 2,500 gallon vacuum trucks are sucking up water and oily muck from Sand Creek north of downtown Denver, trying to keep more of the pollution from reaching the South Platte River .
Spurious stakeholders muck up true Neighborhood Council-fueled empowerment in Los Angeles.
Spurious stakeholders muck up true Neighborhood Council- fueled empowerment in Los Angeles.
Muck sucks up money for project.
Obama presses Congress not to ' muck up' growing economy.
But boy, do the grown-ups love to muck things up for the kids.
***