make a mess of

Definition of make a mess of

: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

make play
  1. : behave, act

  2. : to begin or seem to begin (an action)

  3. : to cause to happen to or be experienced by someone

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

  2. : brand

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

mess play
  1. : a quantity of food:

  2. : food set on a table at one time

  3. : a prepared dish of soft food

  1. : to provide with meals at a mess

  2. : to make dirty or untidy : disarrange

  3. : to mix up : bungle


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