mess

UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈmɛs/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/mɛs/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(mes)

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mess

Most examples are given in US English. We have labeled exceptions as UK.
v
  1. mess up your [room, hair]
  2. [don't, you'll] mess my hair up
  3. mess everything up (for me)
  4. mess up the [problem, answer, exam, numbers]
  5. messed the [problem] up
  6. messed up his [friendship, relationship] with
  7. messed it all up
  8. [don't, try not to] mess this up
  9. I've messed up [at work, my life, again]
  10. slang: the [gang, bullies] messed him up
  11. (don't) mess with me
  12. messed with his [emotions, feelings]
  13. messed with the [numbers, results]
  14. messing around with her
  15. mess around on the [internet, computer]
  16. messing around during [class, the movie, presentation]
  17. (don't) mess around with [drugs, meth, knives]
  18. UK: stop messing about
n
  1. a [total, complete, real] mess
  2. is a [total] mess in here
  3. UK: is a bloody mess
  4. the [soldiers', army, military, officers'] mess
  5. the [car, room, living room, garage] is a mess
  6. the [car] is (in) a [complete, total] mess
  7. her [handwriting, work, assignment] is a mess
  8. my [affairs, clothes] are in a mess
  9. his head is in a mess
  10. the [children, students] made a lot of mess
  11. [don't, try not to] make a mess
  12. tidy up [this, your] mess
  13. made a (complete) mess of the [speech, penalty, project]
  14. made a real mess of the [soup, dinner, cake]
  15. have gotten yourself into a real mess
  16. you've got me in a real mess!
  17. how are you going to get us out of this mess?
  18. a mess of [papers, documents, paperwork]
  19. a (real) mess of a [teacher, lawyer]
  20. slang: [he, that girl] is [a, one] hot mess
  21. is giving me the mess-around
n as adj
  1. the mess [hall, area, room, tent]
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