[ miks-uhp ]
/ ˈmɪksˌʌp /
a confused state of things; muddle; tangle.
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Origin of mix-up
First recorded in 1835–45; noun use of verb phrase mix up
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British Dictionary definitions for mix-up
a confused condition or situation
informal a fight
verb mix up (tr, adverb)
to make into a mixtureto mix up ingredients
to confuse or confoundTom mixes John up with Bill
(often passive) to put (someone) into a state of confusionI'm all mixed up
(foll by in or with; usually passive) to involve (in an activity or group, esp one that is illegal)why did you get mixed up in that drugs racket?
mix it up US and Canadian informal to fight
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Idioms and Phrases with mix-up
Confuse, confound, as in His explanation just mixed me up even more, or I always mix up the twins. [c. 1800]
Involve or implicate. This usage is usually put in the passive, as in He got mixed up with the wrong crowd. [Mid-1800s]
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