Definition of cock-up in English:

cock-up

noun

British
informal
  • Something done badly or inefficiently.

    ‘we've made a total cock-up of it’
    • ‘It always depresses me that people remember the cock-ups rather than the wonderful food.’
    • ‘Keep reading as we try to find more interesting celebrity cock-ups from around the world.’
    • ‘If you took all my mistakes and cock-ups in my life and laid them out in a line, you would say this guy is the most stupid and inept person ever.’
    • ‘To those hacks like me who find life littered, as it were, with cock-ups rather than conspiracies, this is rather more plausible.’
    • ‘The company insists it was all the result of a cock-up and not conspiracy.’
    • ‘The question is, was it a cock-up or a conspiracy?’
    • ‘I've always regarded him as an amiable buffoon who made some terrible cock-ups during his career.’
    • ‘I have been a lifelong follower of the cock-up rather than conspiracy theory, and it seems blatantly obvious that jockeys do make mistakes from time to time.’
    • ‘The most incredible feature of this success is that he has achieved it after so many cock-ups, mistakes and bad calls.’
    • ‘There's been a cock-up on the social arrangements front.’
    • ‘It has taken months of terrible cock-ups for government failure to register on the opinion-poll radar, so the subject does merit further hammering.’
    • ‘The ongoing series of cock-ups makes clear that the war on terror is a slogan in search of a mission.’
    • ‘In what is either a master stroke of publicity or a massive cock-up, the plot of the long-awaited novel may have been leaked.’
    • ‘The subsequent A-levels fiasco contains elements that are common to other recent political cock-ups, over issues ranging from health to transport and farming.’
    • ‘They neglected to mention the dozen phone calls I had to make to sort out the cock-ups.’
    • ‘They derived from different causes and different cock-ups, and did not all contain the same level of danger to public safety.’
    • ‘Administrative cock-ups do happen, and can go unnoticed for years.’
    • ‘Tempting as it is to see this as a gigantic conspiracy, I suspect it's more of a cock-up.’
    • ‘Let us not kid ourselves that we have any idea of the true total cost of the cock-ups which occur so regularly with mega-projects.’
    • ‘A kitchen cock-up meant we got salmon stir-fried with celery and a sweet and hot sauce, which was tasty enough, but not what we ordered.’
    mistake, slip, error, blunder, miscalculation, oversight, omission, gaffe, faux pas, slip of the pen, slip of the tongue, lapse
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Pronunciation

cock-up

/ˈkɑkˌəp//ˈkäkˌəp/