Definition of mix-up in English:



  • 1A confusion of one thing with another, or a misunderstanding or mistake that results in confusion.

    ‘there's a mix-up over the tickets’
    • ‘As it happens, there was a ticket mix-up and during the break we were moved from circle seats down to the stalls.’
    • ‘Drug administration errors, including four medication mix-ups in one 24-hour period, were behind the consultant's decision.’
    • ‘Hospitals can computerize their drug ordering, reducing errors caused by physicians' bad handwriting and providing a system of checks to avoid mix-ups.’
    • ‘Wouldn't it be horrible if all of the confusion and speculation turned out to be just a mix-up in medical terminology?’
    • ‘It was a good system since we rarely had mix-ups.’
    • ‘The game really was a catalogue of errors, with wayward passes and mix-ups on both sides of the ball.’
    • ‘But a mix-up at the ground meant the tickets remained locked up.’
    • ‘The practice helps track inventory and can reduce data-entry errors as well as mix-ups.’
    • ‘One possible explanation for the mix-up is a case of mistaken identity.’
    • ‘Most dry cleaners will attach small paper tags to your clothing's labels in order to avoid mix-ups, and separate garments by type to systematize their cleaning process.’
    • ‘Worse still, the widower was never informed of the blunder and only discovered the mix-up after calling the college days before to arrange delivery of the prizes.’
    • ‘This website has also learned that the countback rule itself is to be reviewed as a result of the mix-up.’
    • ‘One of the most annoying common linguistic mix-ups is the confusion between atheist and agnostic.’
    • ‘A spare rifle in camp is a good idea, but as the example above shows it can result in cartridge mix-ups.’
    • ‘Both stores said the label mix-up had been a genuine error.’
    • ‘You'd think there would have been more farcical complications in our lives, but we haven't had any of those mistaken-identity sweetheart mix-ups.’
    • ‘It's about an embryo mix-up in an IVF clinic resulting in a black couple and a white couple giving birth to each other's babies.’
    • ‘The geographical mix-up is a good metaphor for so many of the misunderstandings that plagued me in the first few years of my job.’
    • ‘Errors such as packaging mix-ups or faulty packs that lead to nonsterile products can easily go undetected by the consumer.’
    • ‘Mike is saying that the mix-up is not his fault, that he can only work with the paperwork that has been given to him, and that Matt has messed something up.’
    confusion, muddle, misunderstanding, mistake, error, mess, jumble
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  • 2A combination of different things, especially one whose effect is inharmonious.

    ‘a ghastly mix-up of furniture styles’