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muck-up

[ muhk-uhp ]
/ ˈmʌkˌʌp /
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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
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British Dictionary definitions for muck-up

muck up

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