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mess up

This page is about the slang term 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

a. told me off

b. promoted me

c. congratulated me

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Contributor: Matt Errey