foul–up

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noun \ˈfau̇(-ə)l-ˌəp\

Definition of foul–up

  1. 1 :  a state of confusion or an error caused by ineptitude, carelessness, or mismanagement foul–ups in transportation

  2. 2 :  a mechanical difficulty

1950

First Known Use of foul–up

1950


FOUL–UP Defined for English Language Learners

foul–up

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noun \ˈfau̇(-ə)l-ˌəp\

Definition of foul–up for English Language Learners

  • : a problem caused by someone making a mistake or being careless


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