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’
    • ‘Administrative cock-ups do happen, and can go unnoticed for years.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘To those hacks like me who find life littered, as it were, with cock-ups rather than conspiracies, this is rather more plausible.’
    • ‘I've always regarded him as an amiable buffoon who made some terrible cock-ups during his career.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It always depresses me that people remember the cock-ups rather than the wonderful food.’
    • ‘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 ongoing series of cock-ups makes clear that the war on terror is a slogan in search of a mission.’
    • ‘The question is, was it a cock-up or a conspiracy?’
    • ‘The most incredible feature of this success is that he has achieved it after so many cock-ups, mistakes and bad calls.’
    • ‘The company insists it was all the result of a cock-up and not conspiracy.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Keep reading as we try to find more interesting celebrity cock-ups from around the world.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Tempting as it is to see this as a gigantic conspiracy, I suspect it's more of a cock-up.’
    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

/ˈkäkˌəp/