One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘he had completely messed up my kitchen’
dirty, befoul, litter, besmirch, pollute
clutter up, disarrange, jumble, throw into confusion, throw into disorder, muss, dishevel, rumple, tumble
2‘Eddie has messed things up’
bungle, botch, fluff, fumble, make a mess of, mismanage, mishandle, misdirect, misgovern, misconduct, mar, spoil, ruin, mangle, wreck
informal make a hash of, muff, muck up, foul up, screw up, bitch up
British informal make a muck of, make a pig's ear of, make a Horlicks of, cock up
vulgar slang balls up, bugger up, fuck up
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