a mess of pottage

noun phrase

Definition of a mess of pottage

 (Entry 1 of 2)

old-fashioned
: something that has little or no value They sold/traded their birthright for a mess of pottage.

make a mess of

idiom

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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“A mess of pottage.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/amess. Accessed 6 December 2019.

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