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1‘please clear up the mess in the kitchen’
untidiness, disorder, disarray, clutter, heap, shambles, litter, tangle, jumble, muddle, mishmash, chaos, confusion, disorganization, turmoil
informal muck, fright, sight
British informal dog's breakfast, dog's dinner, tip
2‘there was cat mess all over the room’
excrement, dung, muck, faeces, excreta, dirt
3‘I've got to get out of this mess’
plight, predicament, emergency, tight spot, tight corner, difficulty, straits, trouble, quandary, dilemma, problem, muddle, mix-up, confusion, complication, imbroglio, entanglement, mire
informal jam, fix, pickle, stew, hot water, hole, fine kettle of fish, pretty kettle of fish, scrape
4‘what a mess he made of the project’
muddle, botch, bungle, wreck
informal hash, muck, foul-up, screw-up
British informal cock-up, shambles, omnishambles, car crash
North American informal snafu
vulgar slang fuck-up, balls-up
‘she felt she had made a complete mess of her life’
mismanage, mishandle, misdirect, misgovern, misconduct, bungle, botch, fluff, fumble, mess up, mar, spoil, ruin, wreck
make a hash of, muff, muck up, foul up, screw up, bitch up
make a muck of, make a pig's ear of, make a Horlicks of, cock up
balls up, bugger up, fuck up
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