foul-up

[foul-uhp]

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.

Origin of foul-up

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

Historical Examples of foul-up

  • 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