mess up (third-person singular simple present messes up, present participle messing up, simple past and past participle messed up)
- (transitive) To make a mess of; to untidy, disorder, soil, or muss.
- The afternoon breeze messed up my hair.
- (transitive) To cause a problem with; to introduce an error or mistake in; to make muddled or confused; spoil; ruin.
- The change messed something up, and it's not working anymore.
- (transitive) To botch, bungle; to perform poorly on.
- Well, I messed up my solo, but otherwise it was a good concert.
- (intransitive) To make a mistake; to do something incorrectly; to perform poorly.
- He has a hard time getting started because he's afraid he'll mess up.
- She messed up on her final exam.
- (transitive) To cause (another person) to make unwanted mistakes in a given task, usually through distraction or obnoxious behavior.
- Stop bumping me! You keep messing me up!
- (transitive) To damage; injure.
- He messed up his elbow at the track meet.
- (transitive, slang) To manhandle; beat up; rough up.
- Her brother's friends messed him up a little after he cheated on her.
- (transitive, slang) To discombobulate, utterly confuse, or confound psychologically; to throw into a state of mental disarray.
- That girl totally messed me up, man. I'm not sure who I am anymore.
- (make a physical mess of): **** up (vulgar), gum (verb: "gum up")
- (cause an error or problem in): **** up, jack up, **** up
- (botch, bungle): gum (verb: "gum up"), foul up, **** up, **** up
- (intransitive: make a mistake, perform poorly): **** up, **** up; see also Wikisaurus:make a mistake
- (cause (another) to make mistakes): **** up
- (damage, injure): **** up, jack up, **** up
- (manhandle, rough up): **** up
- (discombobulate, throw into mental disarray): **** up
to cause an error or problem in
transitive: to botch, bungle
to make a mistake; to do something incorrectly; to perform poorly
to cause to make unwanted mistakes
to throw into a state of mental disarray
- Russian: сбить с толку (sbitʹ s tolku)