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[ mes-uhp ]SEE DEFINITION OF mess up

Synonyms for mess up

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Antonyms for mess up

  • arrange
  • order
  • organize
  • tidy
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR MESS UP

The way they mess up their hair and go in for savage colors!

I sees too many married troubles to mess up with such doings!

Marjorie's arrivin' durin' business hours was likely to mess up the schedule.

The best spies and saboteurs in the world have been hired to mess up the Platform.

There was no longer any doubt that Alma Dakin was in this mess up to her bangs.

The more people let it mess up their lives for them, the stuffier they grow.

If we stick it anywhere else, it might mess up the whole operation.

I'll see that he doesn't spoil his pinafore or mess up his curls.

Don't let's mess up Aunt Prue's wrapper more than can be helped.

Curse the blighters—they'll mess up my leave, it's due in a week's time.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1300, "food for one meal, pottage," from Old French mes "portion of food, course at dinner," from Late Latin missus "course at dinner," literally "a placing, a putting (on a table, etc.)," from past participle of mittere "to put, place," in classical Latin "to send, let go" (see mission).

Meaning "communal eating place" (especially a military one) is first attested 1530s, from earlier sense of "company of persons eating together" (early 15c.), originally a group of four. Sense of "mixed food," especially for animals, (1738) led to contemptuous use for "jumble, mixed mass" (1828) and figurative sense of "state of confusion" (1834), as well as "condition of untidiness" (1851). General use for "a quantity" of anything is attested by 1830. Meaning "excrement" (of animals) is from 1903.

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verbhurt, damage
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