One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Spoil something by inept handling.‘an error like that could easily mess up an entire day's work’
bungle, botch, fluff, fumble, make a mess of, mismanage, mishandle, misdirect, misgovern, misconduct, mar, spoil, ruin, mangle, wreckView synonyms
- ‘He has a lot of pride in his work and he doesn't need me messing it up.’
- ‘But the thing is, politics in Canada these days are messed up; most of the candidates simply don't deserve our votes, and the major parties certainly don't deserve our money.’
- ‘He also said he had no problems staying on, but that some of his plans were messed up as a result.’
- ‘If you get nervous you just end up messing things up.’
- ‘Jessica figured Michael knew his choreography like the back of his hand to ever mess it up too easily.’
- ‘‘It's very stressful,’ Nieh says, ‘because if I mess it up, the magic is spoiled for the audience.’’
- ‘And the thing is, her life is messed up forever and his life is messed up forever.’
- ‘The minority are messing it up for the majority who are doing things correctly.’
- ‘Dennis guessed that if you knew whose house it was, maybe you'd feel worse about messing it up.’
- ‘He'd completely ransacked the room, the doors were open, the iron was off the wall, the bed was messed up and he'd used the toilet.’
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