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noun Informal.
  1. a condition of difficulty or disorder brought on by inefficiency, stupidity, etc.
  2. failure of a mechanical part to operate correctly.
  3. 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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  • Apparently the foul-up is on the other side of the firewall.

    The Bramble Bush

    Gordon Randall Garrett

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

    All Day Wednesday

    Richard Olin