Definition of a mess of pottage
(Entry 1 of 2)
: something that has little or no value They sold/traded their birthright for a mess of pottage.
make a mess ofidiom
Definition of make a mess of (Entry 2 of 2)
: to ruin (something) or to make many mistakes in doing (something) The scandal made a mess of his political career. The weather made a mess of our plans. He made a mess of his speech.
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