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
- ‘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.’
- ‘‘It's very stressful,’ Nieh says, ‘because if I mess it up, the magic is spoiled for the audience.’’
- ‘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.’
- ‘He has a lot of pride in his work and he doesn't need me messing it up.’
- ‘He also said he had no problems staying on, but that some of his plans were messed up as a result.’
- ‘Jessica figured Michael knew his choreography like the back of his hand to ever mess it up too easily.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘And the thing is, her life is messed up forever and his life is messed up forever.’
- ‘If you get nervous you just end up messing things up.’
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