make a mess of

Definition of make a mess of

  1. :  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.

Word by Word Definitions

makeplay
  1. :  behave, act

    :  to begin or seem to begin (an action)

    :  to cause to happen to or be experienced by someone

  1. :  the manner or style in which a thing is constructed

    :  brand

    :  the physical, mental, or moral constitution of a person

messplay
  1. :  a quantity of food:

    :  food set on a table at one time

    :  a prepared dish of soft food

  1. :  to provide with meals at a mess

    :  to make dirty or untidy :  disarrange

    :  to mix up :  bungle


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