Definition of make a mess in US English:

make a mess


  • Create a dirty or untidy state.

    ‘all the eggs broke and made a mess’
    • ‘A responsible adult knows that if you make a mess, you're expected to clean it up, regardless if anyone compliments you for your efforts.’
    • ‘We can do whatever we want as long as we don't make a mess or at least clean up after ourselves.’
    • ‘When someone else makes a mess, Brad will hunt down whoever did it and make that person clean up the mess.’
    • ‘The triplets love painting and making a mess.’
    • ‘Lots of times, he knocks part of the food out of the cage and it makes a mess on the floor.’
    • ‘Nothing makes a mess quicker than trying to cut meat with a knife.’
    • ‘While you harvested a ton of apples, you still ended up with lots rotting on the ground, attracting yellow jackets and making a mess.’
    • ‘The cooks could serve a similar dish to the spaghetti but with short pasta, which is less likely to make a mess.’
    • ‘He's going to leave his clothes everywhere and make a mess.’
    • ‘She berated me for making a mess in the living room.’