gunk up

phrasal verb

gunked up; gunking up; gunks up
US, informal
: to cause (something) to be dirty, sticky, or greasy
Don't gunk up your hair with a lot of styling products.
The mechanism gets gunked up if you don't clean it regularly.

Examples of gunk up in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Tapping too early can give time for microbes to gunk up the lines; tapping too late can mean missing a big sap run. Ashley Stimpson, Washington Post, 12 Mar. 2024

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“Gunk up.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gunk%20up. Accessed 26 May. 2024.

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