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a hot mess

1. Any situation or thing that is in an abject state of disorder, disarray, or chaos. Primarily heard in US. This film is just a hot mess—the plot doesn't make sense, the acting is terrible, and it's edited so poorly that I can barely tell what's even happening on the screen.
2. A person who is disheveled or disordered in life, manner, or appearance. Primarily heard in US. Josh has been a hot mess lately. He lost his job, took to drinking, and hasn't much looked after himself.
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Wavy, “beachy” hair is a hot look, but it can leave your hair a hot mess.
It's OK to let your office be one hot mess," Schmidt and Rosenberg write.
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I am sure that will be me, a hopeless hot mess when i start in May
You were a hot mess yesterday, but now it's time to clean up, cut ties and take control.
The Hollywood actress, who's obviously not doing a dry January, was back to her full, big hot mess glory as she snuck out of the Mahiki club at 4.
Cyrus's camp was less about appropriation than it was about de-skilling, a mode she characterized, channeling Artaud, in this year's documentary Miley: The Movement as a "strategic hot mess.
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I didn't shave ANYTHING, didn't have pantyhose on, looked at HOT mess and my friends made me go down to the Sapp Brothers truck stop
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Or her "Happiness is a Hot Mess," where she writes, "Abundance is a handmade grail, filled with mulberry/ mead.
My own sympathies tend to run to Faulkner, not that I didn't deeply admire Hemingway, but that I couldn't identify with his heroes who were always so cool and collected while I was a rather hot mess.
So it should come as no surprise, then, that the health care debate--if we can even still call it that--is such a skewed, hot mess.