Definition of foul-up in English:

foul-up

noun

  • A mistake resulting in confusion.

    • ‘Some of the sloppiness that makes fraud and foul-ups in election counts possible seems to be built into the system by design.’
    • ‘You can't afford foul-ups, especially those that cost lives.’
    • ‘Any good quality triage is swamped by the flood of poor decisions and technical foul-ups.’
    • ‘Because of hockey, no one remembers the epic transportation foul-ups at the 1980 Olympic Winter Games in Lake Placid.’
    • ‘She referred in her memo to improper political considerations that were going on that contributed to a lot of these foul-ups.’
    • ‘‘We are just like you,’ he said, ‘waiting for the first foul-up.’’
    • ‘In spite of such a foul-up of their finances the players have harnessed a heart-warming team spirit that has surfaced in its most public manifestation in the home victories over Swansea and Carlisle.’
    • ‘Tee times and transportation are arranged either by ship personnel or onboard golf tour operators working with the line, eliminating any language problem or communication foul-ups.’
    • ‘In his letter yesterday, he described a lengthy anatomy of his service collapse, and took readers through the layers of technical foul-ups.’
    • ‘And on a scale of foul-ups it could not really have been much worse.’
    • ‘With his cynical estimate of a parliament costing £40m he ensured that the eventual bill was always going to look spendthrift, even without the foul-ups and extras that took its price to £431m.’
    • ‘The assumption is that Governor Davis will be re-elected out in California, but assumption is the mother of all foul-ups.’
    • ‘And what about reports that the filming of Moulin Rouge was a nightmare, with escalating tempers and production foul-ups?’
    • ‘Given mysterious foul-ups in the delivery of ballots by mail, the deadline for voting has been extended from April 22 to May 6.’
    • ‘Afflicted by teacher absenteeism, administrative foul-ups that leave students with nowhere to attend class, and falling student performance, administration of the nation's schools is still a challenge.’
    • ‘How many chances for foul-ups can you count in this electronic wonderworld?’
    • ‘When a person dies due to a foul-up, a coroner inevitably offers recommendations on how such disasters could be henceforth avoided.’
    • ‘There's been a foul-up with the distributor.’
    • ‘A phone foul-up on ‘American Idol’ means remaining contestants have another shot at stardom.’
    • ‘For all Campbell's reputation as a master of the black arts of spinning and news management, his record was a long series of presentational disasters and news-management foul-ups.’
    error, mistake, miscalculation, fallacy, slip, oversight, fault, blunder, gaffe, defect, flaw
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Pronunciation:

foul-up

/ˈfoul ˌəp/