foul up


  • WordNet 3.6
    • v foul 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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  • Farmers Almanac
    Farmers Almanac
    “To err is human, but to really foul things up requires a computer. Those who are serious in ridiculous matters will be ridiculous in serious matters.”
  • Doug Horton
    “Perfection is perfectly simple; fouling things up requires true skill.”
  • Finagle
    “Once a job is fouled up, anything done to improve it makes it worse.”


In literature:

I've spent a lot of time setting things up so he could hardly help but foul up and we could bounce him, but what happens?
"I Was a Teen-Age Secret Weapon" by Richard Sabia
That meant that whatever it was that had fouled up the controls was on the other side of the firewall.
"The Bramble Bush" by Gordon Randall Garrett
It was only by the narrowest hair, but that had been enough to foul up my plans.
"A Spaceship Named McGuire" by Gordon Randall Garrett
Just fouled up, that's what they are, just fouled up.
"Greener Than You Think" by Ward Moore
Now they give us a fouled-up captain.
"Shock Absorber" by E.G. von Wald
The laws are all fouled up.
"The Circuit Riders" by R. C. FitzPatrick
Whenever a heap of dirt was flung up, it might well be suspected that he was at work in some foul crooked labyrinth below.
"Critical and Historical Essays, Volume III (of 3)" by Thomas Babington Macaulay
To the same end I gave up cigarettes, confining myself to the one foul old briar pipe.
"The Record of Nicholas Freydon" by A. J. (Alec John) Dawson
The roots of the bushes fouled up the detection instruments if they got to them.
"The Happy Man" by Gerald Wilburn Page
That was the "system" that the boys in Homicide and in the Vice Squad thought I was trying to foul up by "babying" the zanies.
"Nor Iron Bars a Cage...." by Gordon Randall Garrett

In poetry:

Thro' the shackle-canker'd dust,
Thro' the gyv'd soul, foul and dark
Force they, changeless Gods and just!
Up the bright eternal spark.
"The Helot" by Isabella Valancy Crawford
"If we fell out, 'twas but foul weather,
After long shining! O bitter cup,—
What—dead?—why, man, we play'd together—
Art dead—ere a friend can make it up?"
"At One Again" by Jean Ingelow
Up the streets of Aberdeen,
By the kirk and college green,
Rode the Laird of Ury;
Close behind him, close beside,
Foul of mouth and evil-eyed,
Pressed the mob in fury.
"Barclay Of Ury" by John Greenleaf Whittier
To prayer, to prayer, at the matins' call,
Morning foul or fair!—
Such prayer as from weary lips might fall—
Words, but hardly prayer—
The chapel's roof, like the law in stone,
Caging the lark that up had flown!
"If I Were A Monk, And If Thou Wert A Nun" by George MacDonald
It almost seemed to me as deadening as the sluice of dreary Styx.
Fire and foulness mixed with leadening
Slush I drank; but swam the reddening
Stuff a league with weary licks.
Up a sulphurous bank
We climbed, and there I sank.
"Written In Hell" by Cale Young Rice
He could eat and drink more than two ordinary men,
And to keep up his high living by foul means we must him condemn,
Because his heart's desire in life was to fare well,
And to keep up his good living he tried to betray Parnell.
"Richard Pigott, the Forger" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

Saint Peter 's can't keep up with Seton Hall after technical foul.
Spurs center Matt Bonner (right) reaches for a rebound next to Grizzlies guard Sam Young in the second half of the Spurs' 83-73 victory in Memphis, Tenn. Bonner also picked up his first technical foul as a Spur.
Saint Peter's can't keep up with Seton Hall after technical foul .
LEWISTON – Siena coach Fran McCaffery apologized for shaking the scorers' table and picking up a technical foul with 2 minutes, 35 seconds left in Friday's 100-85 loss in Niagara.
Dwight Howard picked up his fifth technical foul Friday night in the Magic's eighth game.
Maybe the reason these telephone polls are so fouled up is that the people who can read are in the bookstores.
Spencer Hawes fouls Andre Iguodala as he goes up for a shot in the first quarter.
However, good football games and bad drivers foul up my language.
The former Spartan then picked up a technical foul and Knight hit all three free throws, pushing the lead to 62-44.
Clippers' DeAndre Jordan sets up to rebound on a foul shot against the Memphis Grizzlies Wednesday.
New Life Christian's Connor Brown, right, puts up a layup and draws a foul against St Maria Goretti on Tuesday night.
In his first minutes for Utah State, he racked up two fouls in a blink.
Kismetphotos.comThe Wildcats' Anthony Davena goes up for two and a foul as an El Camino players goes over the back and out of control.
Mason Clark picked up his fourth foul with 10 minutes to go in the second half and his team up six.
If you watched Wednesday's Heat-Wizards game, you noticed lots of bad feelings: pushing, shoving, hard fouls, LeBron whining, and oh yeah, John Wall getting ejected after mixing it up with Zydrunas Ilgauskas.