louse up


  • WordNet 3.6
    • v louse 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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  • Gerald Barzan
    Gerald Barzan
    “Ten ancient commandments lousing up the fun. Along came prosperity, and then there was none.”


In literature:

Helterskelter, hang sorrow, care'll kill a cat, up-tails all, and a louse for the hangman.
"Every Man In His Humor" by Ben Jonson
After they was set free they died up so scand'lous.
"Slave Narratives: Arkansas Narratives" by Work Projects Administration
But you've loused up your own life and the life of Martha Bagley.
"The Fourth R" by George Oliver Smith
She'd be shocked to her sweet little core, and she'd louse up the whole deal.
"The Galaxy Primes" by Edward Elmer Smith
They get into something they don't understand, really louse it up, then, because it is your department, you are the one who failed.
"Sense from Thought Divide" by Mark Irvin Clifton
Only trouble is, they louse up the range scale.
"The Best Made Plans" by Everett B. Cole
She knew, of course, that he was loused up; but she didn't say anything.
"The Planet Strappers" by Raymond Zinke Gallun
Just one fearful mistake and a whole squadron could be loused up.
"A Question of Courage" by Jesse Franklin Bone
There's always stuff in the way to louse up a good flight plan.
"Eight Keys to Eden" by Mark Irvin Clifton
Pull one up and the roots are found alive with a little insect that looks like a plant louse.
"The Mayflower, January, 1905" by Various

In poetry:

Look up, false swearer, and behold
God's marv'lous works on high;
How could'st thou take the matchless Three
To witness a vain lie.
"The False Swearer" by Susannah Hawkins