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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miscue, lapse, recklessness, error, gaffe, misjudgment, blunder, misstep, mistake, misunderstanding, miscalculation, mix-up, goof, folly, imprudence, foolishness, thoughtlessness, hastiness, stupidity, slip
- foul pole,
- foul shot,
- foul tip,
- foul up,
Origin of foul-up
1950–55, Americanism; noun use of verb phrase foul up
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