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make a mess

This page is about the collocation make a mess

collocation pattern: verb + noun

Meaning

to create an untidy or disorganized state or situation

For example

  • If rich kids make a mess, their servants tidy things up again.

  • You wouldn't believe the sort of mess Justin makes when he goes to the bathroom.

Quick Quiz

If you've made a mess in the kitchen, you should

a. clean it up

b. mess it up

c. serve it up

Contributor: Matt Errey