[ bawl-uhp ]

  1. a state of confusion; mix-up.

Origin of ballup

First recorded in 1935–40; noun use of verb phrase ball up
  • Also especially British, balls-up [bawlz-uhp]. /ˈbɔlzˌʌp/. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use ballup in a sentence

  • He was a regular boy, and the great point of interest in Sentry Hill for him was batting a ball up the hill.

    A Little Girl in Old Boston | Amanda Millie Douglas

Other Idioms and Phrases with ballup


Roll something into a ball, as in She loved to knit and was always balling up her yarn. [Early 1800s]

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