foul-up

noun \ ˈfau̇(-ə)l-ˌəp \

Definition of foul-up

1 :a state of confusion or an error caused by ineptitude, carelessness, or mismanagement
  • foul-ups in transportation
2 :a mechanical difficulty

First Known Use of foul-up

1950


foul up

verb

Definition of foul up

transitive verb
1 :to make dirty :contaminate
2 :to spoil by making mistakes or using poor judgment :confuse
3 :entangle, block
  • fouled up communications
intransitive verb
:to cause a foul-up :bungle
  • it was his fault. He had fouled up
  • —Pat Frank

Examples of foul up in a Sentence

  1. tried not to foul up the football play

  2. unfortunately, I fouled up and in my e-mail gave everyone the wrong date for the meeting

First Known Use of foul up

1947


FOUL-UP Defined for English Language Learners

foul-up

noun

Definition of foul-up for English Language Learners

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



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