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mess someone up

Sl. to rough someone up; to beat someone up. The robbers threatened to mess Bob up if he didn't cooperate. John messed up Bill a little, but no real harm was done.
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mess something up

to make something disorderly; to create disorder in something; to throw someone's plans awry. You really messed this place up! Who messed up my bed?
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mess up

to make an error; to do something wrong; to flub up. I hope I don't mess up on the quiz. You really messed up and now you're in big trouble!
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mess up

1. Create disorder in; muddle or ruin. For example, On rainy days the children really mess up the house, or He had a way of messing up his own business. [c. 1900]
2. Make a mistake, especially from nervousness or confusion, as in He messed up and took the wrong dossier to the meeting, or Jill swore she would never mess up again. [Colloquial; early 1900s]
3. Beat up, manhandle, as in Joe got messed up in a barroom brawl. [Slang; early 1900s]
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mess up

v.
1. To make a mistake, especially from nervousness or confusion: The runner scored because I messed up and dropped the ball.
2. To spoil something by making mistakes: I really messed up that chemistry test. That problem was difficult—I think I messed it up.
3. To cause someone or something to blunder or fail: I tried to pass the ball to the other player, but the loud shouting from the fans messed me up.
4. Slang To beat someone up; handle roughly: The bullies really messed up a couple of kids in a fight after school. If I told anyone what they did, they'd mess me up.
5. To cause something to be messy, tangled, or in disarray; muss something up: The kids messed up my hair, so I had to comb it all over again.
6. To injure, damage, or negatively interfere with something: Sitting in that uncomfortable chair really messed up my back. I messed my knee up when I fell down on the ice. Don't take those drugs; they will really mess you up.
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mess up

in. to make an error; to do something wrong; to flub (up). I hope I don’t mess up on the quiz.
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I always like to be leading because then you don't have to catch up - you can afford a few mess ups.
Why not celebrate well-intentioned mess ups and give kudos for those who step up and try?
But after all the fretting was done, I have to say the demonstrations went well and there weren't too many embarrassing mess ups, even though my pasta dough did not work the first time and had to be adjusted even though it is the simplest of jobs that I make every day
American Idol 2014 Top 8 night (production calls them the Super Eight) showed less mess ups than the average four to six in the past couple of weeks.
Don't regret those mess ups, embrace them because it will help you or your organization grow that much more.
GUJAR KHAN, June 30, 2010 (Frontier Star): Traffic wardens in Gujar Khan are said to be pursuing attitude of their precedents as traffic jams and mess ups in Gujar Khan become routine and traffic wardens failed to ensure smooth traffic flow in the city.