foul-up

[ foul-uhp ]
/ ˈfaʊlˌʌp /

noun Informal.

a condition of difficulty or disorder brought on by inefficiency, stupidity, etc.
failure of a mechanical part to operate correctly.
a person who habitually makes mistakes; bungler.

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Origin of foul-up

1950–55, Americanism; noun use of verb phrase foul up
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Example sentences from the Web for foul-up

  • He worked on the line next to Ernie, and had witnessed the foul-up this morning.

    All Day Wednesday|Richard Olin
  • Apparently the foul-up is on the other side of the firewall.

    The Bramble Bush|Gordon Randall Garrett

British Dictionary definitions for foul-up

foul up

verb (adverb)

(tr) to bungle; mismanage
(tr) to make dirty; contaminate
to be or cause to be blocked, choked, or entangled

noun foul-up

a state of confusion or muddle caused by bungling
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Idioms and Phrases with foul-up

foul up

Blunder or cause to blunder; botch, ruin. For example, He's fouled up this report, but I think we can fix it, or Our plans were fouled up by the bad weather. This expression is widely believed to have originated as a euphemism for fuck up. [Colloquial; c. 1940]

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