mixed up in

This page is about the phrasal verb mixed up in.

Meaning: to be involved in something illegal or immoral, such as organised crime or corruption

Synonym: involved in

For example:

  • mixed up in Jake was mixed up in the drugs trade when he got arrested for selling marijuana.

  • mixed up in Several high-ranking generals were mixed up in organised crime and oil smuggling.

Note: always used in the form "to be mixed up in something", and never in the form "to mix up in something"

Quick Quiz:

My cousin Gerrard is mixed up in

a. an illegal gambling ring

b. a church choir

c. organised chess matches

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