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mess up

Meaning: to make a mistake, to mishandle a situation

For example:

  • Leanne feels terrible about forgetting her father's birthday. She says she really messed up.

  • Suzie says the U.S. government messed up big time by deregulating the financial system.

Quick Quiz:

I messed up at work today, so my boss
  1. told me off
  2. promoted me
  3. congratulated me

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