One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Be (or become) associated with (someone unsuitable or unreliable).
- ‘At the time I was mixed up with the wrong crew, and we were asked to be extras in this production.’
- ‘‘What you mean to say,’ she said angrily. ‘Is that you don't think I should get mixed up with all the fighting and should go and hide like a good little girl, is that it?’’
- ‘Are you hoping that she won't get mixed up with politics again?’
- ‘So I thought about turning down the invitation, since I didn't want to get mixed up with this group with whose purpose I completely disagree.’
- ‘Robert has finally moved on from that horrible teacher woman he was mixed up with.’
- ‘Written in 1886, it suggests that there is a pan-European anarchist underground, which the protagonist gets mixed up with.’
- ‘There was also the particular problem that, as well as many decent and well-intentioned people, we got mixed up with some thoroughly dodgy ones.’
- ‘He's one of those charming, funny Peter Pan types that everybody likes but nobody should get mixed up with romantically.’
- ‘I knew then that these were not the people I wanted to get mixed up with.’
- ‘I was never interested in that, it's not something I ever desired for myself or ever wanted to get mixed up with.’
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