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Definition of mess up phrasal verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

mess up

 phrasal verb
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mess up

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to spoil something or do it badly I've really messed up this time. If you cancel now you'll mess up all my arrangements.
  1. 1(informal) to cause somebody to have serious emotional or mental problems
  2. 2(North American English, informal) to physically hurt somebody, especially by hitting them He was messed up pretty bad by the other guy.
to make something dirty or untidy I don't want you messing up my nice clean kitchen.
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