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fuck up Taboo

Meaning: to do something badly, to ruin something

For example:

  • The boss was really angry. "All you had to do was make sure the figures I took into the meeting were the right ones! How the hell could you fuck that up?"

  • Damn it! Terry's fucked up the preferences on my computer again! I can't even check my email!

Note: The phrasal verb "fuck up" can take a subject between the verb and the preposition, as in "to fuck the job up", or it can take a subject after the preposition, as in "to fuck up the job".

Warning! This is very bad language. If you are a non-native speaker, you are advised not to use it. (You could cause resentment or anger if you use it inappropriately.)

Quick Quiz:

When Joey got back, he said, "I fucked up my job interview, bro." He was sure he
  1. would get the job
  2. wouldn't get the job
  3. could get the job

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