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ball up

1. To muddle, confuse, or ruin something. A noun can be used between "ball" and "up." Boy, I really balled up the directions—where are we? Here are the items I need from the grocery store—don't ball it up!
2. To roll or form into a ball. I balled up my clothes and threw them in the hamper.
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balls up

1. adjective Horribly awry to the point of complete ruin or disaster. Mary's Monday morning routine went balls up when she spilled coffee on herself, missed the train, and arrived to work late.
2. noun (usually hyphenated) A blunder that causes disastrous results; a mess-up. The balls-up with the code has put the entire software platform in jeopardy.
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Star performance Christian Williams, who rode a double Quote of the day ``Christian has made some balls-ups and I've made a mess of some things but we have a good talk about it to make sure it doesn't happen again'' - trainer Evan Williams after Cannon Fire's win
But the battlelines were drawn and our feuding backstabbers were off on a classic day of non-stop business balls-ups.
Listening to this tale of woe immediately cheered up Prescott's audience - the BBC's Graham Rock and myself - and we resolved to go over for Triple Dash's Guineas bid in the hope of seeing another event that could join the list of the biggest balls-ups since Mons.
Allocating a mere 8100 of the 80,000 briefs to Scotland is idiocy rarely surpassed in the annals of classic UEFA balls-ups.