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mix-up

[ miks-uhp ]
/ ˈmɪksˌʌp /
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noun

a confused state of things; muddle; tangle.
a fight.

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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

mix-up

noun

a confused condition or situation
informal a fight

verb mix up (tr, adverb)

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Idioms and Phrases with mix-up

mix up

1

Confuse, confound, as in His explanation just mixed me up even more, or I always mix up the twins. [c. 1800]

2

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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