English version

mess up

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishmess up phrasal verb informal1 mess something ↔ upSPOIL to spoil or ruin something, especially something important or something that has been carefully planned It took me ages to get this right – I don’t want some idiot to mess it up. She felt she’d messed up her whole life.2 mess something ↔ upUNTIDY to make something dirty or untidy Who messed up the kitchen?3 to make a mistake and do something badly I think I messed up on the last question.mess something ↔ up It doesn’t matter if you mess it up, you can always try again.4 mess somebody ↔ up to make someone have emotional or mental problems I messed up my kids.5 mess somebody ↔ up American English informal to hurt someone especially by hitting them mess→ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpus
mess upDon't ask Terry to do it - she'll probably just mess it up.I've practiced all week, but I'm still afraid I'll mess up.We secretly organized a party for her, but then Bill messed everything up by telling her about it.Who's messed up my nice clean kitchen?The travel agents messed up the arrangements and there was no room for us at the hotel.Don't mess up the living room - we have company coming tonight.Danny messed up three plays and made us lose the game.
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Verb table
mess
Simple Form
Present
I, you, we, theymess
he, she, itmesses
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Past
I, you, he, she, it, we, theymessed
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave messed
he, she, ithas messed
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad messed
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill mess
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have messed
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Continuous Form
Present
Iam messing
he, she, itis messing
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you, we, theyare messing
Past
I, he, she, itwas messing
you, we, theywere messing
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave been messing
he, she, ithas been messing
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad been messing
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill be messing
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have been messing
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