cockup

[ kok-uhp ]
/ ˈkɒkˌʌp /

noun

an upward turn or curl at the top of something.
a cap or hat with the front turned up.
British Slang. mess; botch.

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Origin of cockup

First recorded in 1685–95; cock2 + up
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British Dictionary definitions for cockup

cockup
/ (ˈkɒkˌʌp) /

noun

British slang something done badly

verb cock up (tr, adverb)

(of an animal) to raise (its ears), esp in an alert manner
British slang to botch
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