muck

[ muhk ]
/ mʌk /

noun

verb (used with object)

Verb Phrases

muck about/around, Informal. to idle; waste time; loiter.

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Origin of muck

1200–50; Middle English muc, muk < Old Norse myki cow dung

Definition for muck up (2 of 2)

muck-up
[ muhk-uhp ]
/ ˈmʌkˌʌp /

noun Informal.

a bungled or disordered situation; foul-up.

Origin of muck-up

First recorded in 1925–30; noun use of verb phrase muck up
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British Dictionary definitions for muck up (1 of 2)

muck up

verb (adverb) informal

(tr) British and Australian to ruin or spoil; make a mess of
(intr) Australian to misbehave

British Dictionary definitions for muck up (2 of 2)

muck
/ (mʌk) /

noun

verb (tr)

Word Origin for muck

C13: probably of Scandinavian origin; compare Old Norse myki dung, Norwegian myk
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Idioms and Phrases with muck up

muck up

Bungle, damage, make a mess of, as in Don't let him write the review; he's sure to muck it up. This idiom alludes to the verb muck in the sense of “spread manure on.” [Early 1900s] For a synonym, see foul up.

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