- a confused state of things; muddle; tangle.
- a fight.
Origin of mix-up
- to combine (substances, elements, things, etc.) into one mass, collection, or assemblage, generally with a thorough blending of the constituents.
- to put together indiscriminately or confusedly (often followed by up).
- to combine, unite, or join: to mix business and pleasure.
- to add as an element or ingredient: Mix some salt into the flour.
- to form or make by combining ingredients: to mix a cake; to mix mortar.
- to crossbreed.
- to combine, blend, edit, etc. (the various components of a soundtrack): to mix dialogue and sound effects.
- to complete the mixing process on (a film, soundtrack, etc.): an important movie that took months to mix.
- to combine (two or more separate recordings or microphone signals) to make a single recording or composite signal.
- to become mixed: a paint that mixes easily with water.
- to associate or mingle, as in company: to mix with the other guests at a party.
- to be crossbred, or of mixed breeding.
- Boxing. to exchange blows vigorously and aggressively: The crowd jeered as the fighters clinched, refusing to mix.
- an act or instance of mixing.
- the result of mixing; mixture: cement mix; an odd mix of gaiety and sadness.
- a commercially prepared blend of ingredients to which usually only a liquid must be added to make up the total of ingredients necessary or obtain the desired consistency: a cake mix; muffin mix.
- Music. music or songs selected and recorded as a mixtape: the ultimate one-hour workout mix; a mix of Christmas songs; a DJ mix.
- mixer(def 4).
- the proportion of ingredients in a mixture; formula: a mix of two to one.
- Informal. a mess or muddle; mix-up.
- Music. an electronic blending of tracks or sounds made to produce a recording.
- mix down, to mix the tracks of an existing recording to make a new recording with fewer tracks: the four-track tape was mixed down to stereo.
- mix up,
- to confuse completely, especially to mistake one person or thing for another: The teacher was always mixing up the twins.
- to involve or entangle.
- mix it up, Slang.
- to engage in a quarrel.
- to fight with the fists.
Origin of mix
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- (tr) to combine or blend (ingredients, liquids, objects, etc) together into one mass
- (intr) to become or have the capacity to become combined, joined, etcsome chemicals do not mix
- (tr) to form (something) by combining two or more constituentsto mix cement
- (tr; often foll by in or into) to add as an additional part or element (to a mass or compound)to mix flour into a batter
- (tr) to do at the same time; combineto mix study and pleasure
- (tr) to consume (drinks or foods) in close succession
- to come or cause to come into association sociallyPauline has never mixed well
- (intr often foll by with) to go together; complement
- (tr) to crossbreed (differing strains of plants or breeds of livestock), esp more or less at random
- (tr) electronics to combine (two or more signals)
- (in sound recording) to balance and adjust (the recorded tracks) on a multitrack tape machine
- (in live performance) to balance and adjust (the output levels from microphones and pick-ups)
- (tr) to merge (two lengths of film) so that the effect is imperceptible
- mix it informal
- to cause mischief or trouble, often for a person namedshe tried to mix it for John
- to fight
- the act or an instance of mixing
- the result of mixing; mixture
- a mixture of ingredients, esp one commercially prepared for making a cake, bread, etc
- music the sound obtained by mixing
- building trades civil engineering the proportions of cement, sand, and aggregate in mortar, plaster, or concrete
- informal a state of confusion, bewilderment
- a confused condition or situation
- informal a fight
- to make into a mixtureto mix up ingredients
- to confuse or confoundTom mixes John up with Bill
- (often passive) to put (someone) into a state of confusionI'm all mixed up
- (foll by in or with; usually passive) to involve (in an activity or group, esp one that is illegal)why did you get mixed up in that drugs racket?
- mix it up US and Canadian informal to fight
Word Origin and History for mix up
1530s, back-formation from Middle English myxte (early 15c.) "composed of more than one element, of mixed nature," from Anglo-French mixte, from Latin mixtus, past participle of miscere "to mix, mingle, blend; fraternize with; throw into confusion," from PIE *meik- "to mix" (cf. Sanskrit misrah "mixed," Greek misgein, mignynai "to mix, mix up, mingle; to join, bring together; join (battle); make acquainted with," Old Church Slavonic mešo, mesiti "to mix," Russian meshat, Lithuanian maišau "to mix, mingle," Welsh mysgu). Also borrowed in Old English as miscian. Related: Mixed; mixing.
1580s, "act of mixing," from mix (v.).
Idioms and Phrases with mix up
Confuse, confound, as in His explanation just mixed me up even more, or I always mix up the twins. [c. 1800]
Involve or implicate. This usage is usually put in the passive, as in He got mixed up with the wrong crowd. [Mid-1800s]