: a state or instance of confusion

Examples of mix-up in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The odd behavior and security that accompanied the wreckage discovery stemmed from the program’s underlying secrecy requirements that had been so severe that no one at Roswell would have been able to identify the mix-up. WIRED, 14 Nov. 2023 However, a holiday twist leads Charlotte's family to Jackie's luxurious home, thanks to a GPS mix-up by her son Grant (Wyatt Hunt) and his toy Monkey Bob. Travis Bean, Forbes, 13 Nov. 2023 Meghan Markle's background as an actor may have come in handy when there was a mix-up with her first public speech before marrying Prince Harry. Janine Henni, Peoplemag, 27 Oct. 2023 Officials in at least five states have been sending tenants and landlords a flurry of letters, typically citing clerical errors or other bureaucratic mix-ups, demanding that portions of the temporary relief money be returned. Sara Ruberg, NBC News, 23 Sep. 2023 Each time, patrons embraced his mix-ups and chuckled along with him. Julia Mio Inuma, Washington Post, 19 Sep. 2023 At first, Klein responded to the mix-ups by trying to ignore them. Laura Marsh, The New Republic, 5 Sep. 2023 And then there’s the rank absurdity of the Klein/Wolf mix-up. Jennifer Szalai, New York Times, 30 Aug. 2023 Label shelf edges so everyone knows what goes where to avoid mix-ups. Mary Cornetta, Better Homes & Gardens, 23 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1841, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of mix-up was in 1841

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“Mix-up.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mix-up. Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

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: an instance of confusion

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