[ fould-uhp ]
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  1. Informal. confused, chaotic, or disorganized.

Origin of fouled-up

First recorded in 1945–50 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use fouled-up in a sentence

  • The sabotage has really fouled up the west coast trains, and shipments haven't been coming through on schedule.

    Bear Trap | Alan Edward Nourse
  • The Partners seemed to take the attitude that human minds were complex and fouled up beyond belief, anyhow.

    The Game of Rat and Dragon | Cordwainer Smith
  • That meant that whatever it was that had fouled up the controls was on the other side of the firewall.

    The Bramble Bush | Gordon Randall Garrett
  • You've fouled up our plans with your meddling down in New Orleans.

    The Ambassador | Samuel Kimball Merwin
  • The roots of the bushes fouled up the detection instruments if they got to them.

    The Happy Man | Gerald Wilburn Page