mess about

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v mess about be about "The high school students like to loiter in the Central Square","Who is this man that is hanging around the department?"
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Quotations

  • Henry Ford
    Henry%20Ford
    “What's right about America is that although we have a mess of problems, we have great capacity, intellect and resources -- to do something about them.”

Usage

In literature:

Talk about me getting things into a mess!
"The Last Woman" by Ross Beeckman
It'll be sort of a vacation from all this mess, and give me a chance to see about this puzzling woman question.
"Captain Pott's Minister" by Francis L. Cooper
I'm sorry as hell about this mess.
"Industrial Revolution" by Poul William Anderson
It was very boring to be always watching the prisoners messing about in the dirt.
"'Jena' or 'Sedan'?" by Franz Beyerlein
I have been to Turner's about your mess; it is all in a way to be done.
"The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of Jane Austen" by Jane Austen
The officers of B Company were just about to begin their midday meal when I put in an appearance at the company mess.
"On the right of the British line" by Gilbert Nobbs
Today, at mess, Murdo was holding forth about a Plutonian ice bear he'd killed.
"The Beasts in the Void" by Paul W. Fairman
Mess Lethierry had just before stood upright, and gazed about him.
"Toilers of the Sea" by Victor Hugo
The three members of Red Flight arrived at the mess about the same time.
"A Yankee Flier with the R.A.F." by Rutherford G. Montgomery
And while most of us were talking, Dicky and Noel got messing about with the beer-stand tigers.
"The Wouldbegoods" by E. Nesbit
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In poetry:

Yet some wondrous thing within the mess
Was held in check:—
Was missing as she groped and clung
About his neck.
"To A Cabaret Dancer" by Djuna Barnes

In news:

Jay Walder is peeved about the MTA mess on his hands, but don't expect him to jump ship.
I could get teased this week about looking and sounding a mess.
People love to talk a lot of mess on Twitter and on a rap song, but when your Granny comes out and says you aint about that life, well that's that ish Chief Keef don't like.
And my favorite – Exercise is my drug and, girl, I'm about to get MESSED UP.
The accident was reported at Tujunga Avenue at about 5:20 am The truck overturned, spilling limes creating a mess across all lanes.
You know what they say about not messing with Texas.
I want to try it, but I'm worried about the mess.
There are so many messed up things about this story.
The packets are advertised as no more mess, spills or heavy jugs of detergent, but the American Association of Poison Control Centers is reporting a recent surge in calls about the packets making children violently ill.
The most surprising thing about the mess at Supervalu (SVU), which switched out CEOs this week, is the credentials of the departing Craig Herkert.
B en Greenman's new novel, Please Step Back, is an ecstatic, Day-Glo colored mess about rock 'n' roll.
Republicans Angry About Omnibus Spending Bill Decry 'Total Mess'.
You may think you know about effects processors, but Sonic Charge Permut8 will mess with your mind.
The West Virginia Class AAA state football tournament is a mess because a whole bunch of players forgot about sportsmanship and their mentors apparently just don't seem to care.
I think the bullpen is a mess and with Joe Mauer and Scott Baker opening the season on the DL (I don't even want to think about Justin Morneau's back), I am not getting good vibes.
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In science:

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
This doesn’t contradict what we said earlier about entropy in invertible CA’s, since a messy state can always be cleaned up if you undo exactly the sequence of actions that produced the mess.
Crystalline Computation
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