mess (something or someone) up

Definition of mess (something or someone) up

:to make mistakes when one is doing or making (something)
  • He messed up the speech.
  • I messed up my first attempt and had to try again.
1 :to make (something) dirty or untidy :to make a mess of (something)
  • Don't mess up my room.
  • The wind messed up her hair.
2 :to damage or ruin (something)
  • She's really messed up her life.
  • His life has been messed up by his drug addiction.
:to damage or change (something) so that it does not work properly
  • I don't know what I did, but I somehow messed up the computer.
  • My watch has been messed up ever since I dropped it in the sink.
  • The mountains messed up the cell phone signal.
3 US :to beat and injure (someone)
  • He got messed up by a gang of bullies.
  • They messed him up pretty badly.
4 :to make (someone) very upset and unhappy
  • Breaking up with her boyfriend has really messed her up.
  • She's been pretty messed up ever since she broke up with her boyfriend.

Word by Word Definitions

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

something play
  1. : some indeterminate or unspecified thing

  2. : some indeterminate amount more than a specified number

  3. : a person or thing of consequence

  1. : in some degree : somewhat

  2. used as an intensive giving adverbial force to an adjective

someone play
  1. : some person : somebody

up play
  1. : in or into a higher position or level

  2. : from beneath the ground or water to the surface

  3. : from below the horizon

  1. : risen above the horizon

  2. : standing

  3. : being out of bed

  1. used as a function word to indicate motion to or toward or situation at a higher point of

  2. : up into or in the

  3. : in a direction regarded as being toward or near the upper end or part of

  1. : one in a high or advantageous position

  2. : an upward slope

  3. : a period or state of prosperity or success

  1. : to rise from a lying or sitting position

  2. : to move upward : ascend

  3. used with and and another verb to indicate that the action of the following verb was either surprisingly or abruptly initiated


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