muck-up

[ muhk-uhp ]
/ ˈmʌkˌʌp /

noun Informal.

a bungled or disordered situation; foul-up.

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Origin of muck-up

First recorded in 1925–30; noun use of verb phrase muck up

Definition for muck-up (2 of 2)

muck
[ muhk ]
/ mʌk /

noun

verb (used with object)

Verb Phrases

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

Origin of muck

1200–50; Middle English muc, muk < Old Norse myki cow dung
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British Dictionary definitions for muck-up

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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