It frustrated me that men could mess up a design project and still have a job.
Among the litany of things the shutdown will mess up, you can add our nascent housing recovery.
Many more folks are inclined to chalk this mess up to a congressional hissy fit than a presidential one.
I do feel under some pressure,” she answered, “not to mess up.
They know that if they mess up, I will enter with full force.
The best spies and saboteurs in the world have been hired to mess up the Platform.
The way they mess up their hair and go in for savage colors!
If we stick it anywhere else, it might mess up the whole operation.
I sees too many married troubles to mess up with such doings!
Sometimes Im afeard shes goin to mess up what chances of happiness shes got.
c.1300, "food for one meal, pottage," from Old French mes "portion of food, course at dinner," from Late Latin missus "course at dinner," literally "a placing, a putting (on a table, etc.)," from past participle of mittere "to put, place," in classical Latin "to send, let go" (see mission).
Meaning "communal eating place" (especially a military one) is first attested 1530s, from earlier sense of "company of persons eating together" (early 15c.), originally a group of four. Sense of "mixed food," especially for animals, (1738) led to contemptuous use for "jumble, mixed mass" (1828) and figurative sense of "state of confusion" (1834), as well as "condition of untidiness" (1851). General use for "a quantity" of anything is attested by 1830. Meaning "excrement" (of animals) is from 1903.
late 14c., "serve up in portions," from mess (n.). Meaning "take one's meals" is from 1701; that of "make a mess" is from 1853. Related: Messed; messing. To mess with "interfere, get involved" is from 1903; mess up "make a mistake, get in trouble" is from 1933 (earlier" make a mess of," 1909), both originally American English colloquial.
a portion of food given to a guest (Gen. 43:34; 2 Sam. 11:8).