make a mess of doing something

make a mess of doing something
make a mess of (doing) something phrase
to make a lot of mistakes when you are doing or dealing with something

Tom felt he had made a mess of his life.

Thesaurus: to make a mistake, or to do something badlysynonym
Main entry: mess

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • make a mess of — MISMANAGE, mishandle, bungle, fluff, spoil, ruin, wreck; informal mess up, botch, make a hash of, muck up, foul up; Brit. informal make a pig s ear of, make a Horlicks of, cock up. → mess * * * make a mess of : to ruin (something) or to make many …   Useful english dictionary

  • mess — mess1 [ mes ] noun ** ▸ 1 when someone/something is dirty ▸ 2 when there are problems ▸ 3 someone with problems ▸ 4 solid waste from animal ▸ 5 mess hall ▸ + PHRASES 1. ) count or uncount a situation in which a place is dirty or not neat: Your… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • mess — mess1 S2 [mes] n ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(dirty/untidy)¦ 2¦(problems/difficulties)¦ 3 make a mess of (doing) something 4¦(person)¦ 5 a mess of something 6¦(army/navy)¦ 7¦(waste substance)¦ ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ [Date: 1200 1300; : Old French; Origin: mes …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • mess — I UK [mes] / US noun Word forms mess : singular mess plural messes ** 1) [countable/uncountable] a situation in which a place is dirty or untidy Your room is a mess; please pick up your toys. What a mess! she said, looking at the kitchen. make a… …   English dictionary

  • make — I [[t]me͟ɪk[/t]] CARRYING OUT AN ACTION ♦ makes, making, made (Make is used in a large number of expressions which are explained under other words in this dictionary. For example, the expression to make sense is explained at sense .) 1) VERB You… …   English dictionary

  • make — 1 verb past tense and past participle made, PRODUCE STH 1 (T) to produce something by working: I m going to make a cake for Sam s birthday. | Did you make that dress yourself? | a car made in Japan | They re making a documentary about the Civil… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • mess — 1 noun 1 DIRTY/UNTIDY (singular, uncountable) a situation in which a place looks very untidy or dirty, with things spread all around: Clean up this mess! | The house was an awful mess after the party. | make a mess: You can make cookies if you… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • mess up — verb 1. make a mess of, destroy or ruin (Freq. 1) I botched the dinner and we had to eat out the pianist screwed up the difficult passage in the second movement • Syn: ↑botch, ↑bodge, ↑bumble, ↑fumble, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • make a point — verb a) To argue or promote an idea. I suppose the people who wrote that stuff on the wall were trying to make a point, but they mainly made a mess. b) To take care in doing something of something; to pay attention or ensure that something is… …   Wiktionary

  • Something Special (TV series) — Something Special Screenshot from title credits from series 4 Also known as Something Special: Out and About Genre …   Wikipedia

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