Definition of foul something up (or foul up) in English:

foul something up (or foul up)

phrasal verb

  • Make a mistake with or spoil something.

    ‘leaders should admit when they foul things up’
    • ‘He didn't take the train because there was a derailment and the schedule was fouled up.’
    • ‘To err is human, but to really foul things up requires a computer.’
    • ‘We're just another species - the dominant species, maybe, and the one who's doing the most to foul things up for all the rest, but surely we're flattering ourselves if we think that we are somehow essential to the operation of this planet.’
    • ‘Refreshingly, for the author of a book about lying, she is honest enough to admit when she has fouled up.’
    • ‘If spammers can add enough legitimate sites to the master spam list, they can foul it up and make it less usable.’
    • ‘Practice this shot until you can make it 8 out of 10 times (even the pros will foul it up sometimes.)’
    • ‘I fouled up in the area where I'm supposed to be a master, the area of just politics.’
    • ‘Anything worth doing is worth doing twice, especially after you've fouled it up the first time.’
    • ‘And I thought before you foul things up in your typical fashion you might want to know the truth.’
    • ‘Although it's a relatively easy daily task, reduced with usage to a routine I can accomplish in a couple of minutes, running on auto-pilot, it takes no more than the click of a wrong button in the text editor to foul things up.’
    • ‘A sweet, tender, loving, affectionate, beautiful woman who pursued ME, and I still found a way to foul it up and lose her.’
    • ‘Companies make a good product and then they foul it up with a container that the customer can't open.’
    • ‘In the coming decades, there's going to be a time of great opportunity if we make the right decisions, if government doesn't foul it up.’
    • ‘Getting compensation when your bank, building society, insurer or investment house fouls up will soon be a lot easier with the establishment of a new financial complaints body to replace the existing muddle of various ombudsmen.’
    • ‘Hollywood's ability to take a perfectly good story and completely foul it up has never ceased to amaze me.’
    • ‘I have half a mind to turn up in court on the scheduled date with the bank statements proving that they have fouled up, and then invoicing them for my time.’
    • ‘It must be said that a professedly cash strapped County Board has fouled up a great chance to pull in some badly needed revenue by playing these two games at separate venues on Sunday.’
    • ‘But it wasn't enough to take away from the fact the FAI fouled up and were being told so in no uncertain terms.’
    • ‘If anything something should be done because we fouled up so atrociously in the past.’
    • ‘‘Here was an ideal opportunity for Yorkshire to have done something positive and they have gone and fouled it up,’ he said.’
    wreck, ruin, spoil, disrupt, undo, upset, play havoc with, make a mess of, put an end to, end, bring to an end, put a stop to, terminate, prevent, frustrate, blight, crush, quell, quash, dash, scotch, shatter, vitiate, blast, devastate, demolish, sabotage, torpedo
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