a mess of

a mess of something

a lot of something The fridge door is a mess of notes, schedules, and magnets. The practice field was a mess of weeds and dirt.
See also: mess, of

a mess of something

  (American informal)
a lot of something He picked up a mess of keys and handed me one.
See also: mess, of
References in classic literature ?
And yet, in the face of famine and the rigorous winter, he went out gayly in quest of a mess of trout, forsooth, because he "doted" on them
Then you won't have another chance to get a mess of those trout you just
So saying, he gathered together, and brought to a flame, the decaying brands which lay scattered on the ample hearth; took from the larger board a mess of pottage and seethed kid, placed it upon the small table at which he had himself supped, and, without waiting the Jew's thanks, went to the other side of the hall; whether from unwillingness to hold more close communication with the object of his benevolence, or from a wish to draw near to the upper end of the table, seemed uncertain.
And will you tell me you'll let yourself be led away with that kind of a mess of swabs?
A section of a roasted bread-fruit, a small cake of 'Amar', or a mess of 'Cokoo,' two or three bananas, or a mammee-apple; an annuee, or some other agreeable and nutritious fruit served from day to day to diversify the meal, which was finished by tossing off the liquid contents of a young cocoanut or two.
Alla sudden, a bird plopped a mess of doodoo, plooop, right on the front of his shirt.