foul-up

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n foul-up an embarrassing mistake
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Quotations

  • 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
    Doug%20Horton
    “Perfection is perfectly simple; fouling things up requires true skill.”
  • Finagle
    Finagle
    “Once a job is fouled up, anything done to improve it makes it worse.”

Usage

In literature:

But there wasn't any, because you had it fouled up!
"Danger in Deep Space" by Carey Rockwell
Not a shark have I seen in the harbour, and all the old grog-shops with their foul-weather battens up and colours half-mast.
"The English Spy" by Bernard Blackmantle
The pile-up must have really fouled up their plans.
"Highways in Hiding" by George Oliver Smith
You can't begin to hope to foul things up the way they can.
"The Cosmic Computer" by Henry Beam Piper
And all good Jews rose up against the schools, and by every means, fair or foul, kept their boys away.
"The Promised Land" by Mary Antin
The gun had been hoisted nearly half-way up the cliff when the guide-rope had fouled a rock.
"The Pirate Island" by Harry Collingwood
If my words will help to bind up the other, let me tell you that I do not believe the foul charge made against you.
"Middy and Ensign" by G. Manville Fenn
The next cadet up went out on a foul, and the inning came to a sudden end.
"The Rover Boys Under Canvas" by Arthur M. Winfield
With this westerly we won't run foul of anything coming up the harbour.
"Edward Barry" by Louis Becke
Take us up inside the next island, Stee, and mind you don't foul any one while you're about it.
"The Fifth Form at Saint Dominic's" by Talbot Baines Reed
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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
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
Then, as Spike makes a move, I raised me mits
Fearin' a foul; an' Rat-face does 'is block.
'E loosens up a string uv epi-tits
That seem to jolt the parson with a shock.
Filthy an' free they was, make no mistakes.
Then Snowy wakes.
"'Ave a 'eart!" by C J Dennis

In news:

COVER TO COVER It is murder most fouled up when O'Reilly takes a stab at fiction.
Hamburger's live performances, often held up as an example of so-called anti-comedy, consist largely of ex-wife jokes, flailing one-liners, and foul-spirited Q&A gags that walk a line between conscious hackery and transcendence.
Richie Incognito has done an admirable job the last couple of years of cleaning up his dirty image through his play (no personal fouls) and by showing his engaging personality through the media (yes, it helps).
EAST HARTFORD, Conn. A Con­necti­cut man has called 911 to com­plain that a deli fouled up his sand­wich order.
EAST HARTFORD, Conn. A Connecticut man has called 911 to complain that a deli fouled up his sandwich order.
ST LOUIS — Tony Cruz became the second Cardinals catcher to leave with an injury Thursday night after a foul ball bounced up and hit his right hand.
Marques Douglas got called for a rare personal foul for hitting Garcia up high.
However, good football games and bad drivers foul up my language .
They fouled up Lighthouse Avenue when they discovered underground problems.
'Fiscal cliff' may foul up alternative minimum tax.
Former New Haven funeral director blames ex for burial fund foul-up.
Send photos of your four-wheeling foul-ups to Whoops.
Ronaldo Riled Up Over Rampant Fouling.
Given 97,000 chickens a minute are slaughtered for food worldwide, it's easy to wonder if our fowl might end up foul.
Nighttime I-95 express lane work fouls up Heat fans.
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