One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
phrasal verbAustralian, NZ
Behave badly; mess around.‘boys are more likely to muck up at what they see as poor teaching’
- ‘There are many things that can distract a driver, and kids and pets mucking up in the backseat is a classic.’
- ‘He spent most of his time shouting at me because I was always mucking up and answering back.’
- ‘They can muck up, and make fun, and even make your life hard.’
- ‘Even though he mucks up all the time, he gets away with it because the teachers think of him as some sort of eccentric genius.’
- ‘If you muck up, you're automatically eligible for three months jail.’
- ‘They fear you might use the certainty of a weekly wage to start mucking up again.’
- ‘What does a court do where one of the parents deliberately mucks up?’
- ‘If you muck up again it becomes a criminal charge.’
- ‘There've been numerous other similar incidents this year of footballers mucking up in public.’
- ‘With the boss away, he steps up to umpire the hour when the kids muck up for the cameras.’
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