cock-up

noun \ ˈkäk-ˌəp \

Definition of cock-up

British
: mess 3b

First Known Use of cock-up

circa 1948


COCK-UP Defined for English Language Learners

cock-up

noun

Definition of cock-up for English Language Learners

  • : a situation that is complicated, unpleasant, or difficult to deal with because of someone's mistake


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