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mix apples and oranges
To combine or compare two different things. You can't compare your job as a nurse to mine as an engineer—that's mixing apples and oranges!
mix it (up)
1. To fight or argue with someone. That guy's always coming in here and trying to mix it up with the other patrons. When it comes to politics, Jerry sure likes to mix it with those who don't share his views.
2. To stir or fully combine the thing being discussed. I added all the ingredients to the bowl. Can you mix it up?
3. To confuse something for something else. I thought you ordered diet. Or did I mix it up?
4. To jumble something that it is no longer in proper order. I gave you that file in a specific order. I hope you didn't mix it up. I'll give you the deck of cards, and you mix it up.
5. To compete or interact with other people, especially those that are older, stronger, or more talented than one is. He's only 17, but he's so talented on the football field that he's been mixing it up with the college team this year. I have felt like a fraud trying to mix it with real professionals ever since I joined this law firm last fall.
mix business with pleasure
To do something that brings together some aspect of one's professional life with that of one's personal life. The week-long retreat is meant to combine business with pleasure—allowing employees to relax as they would on any vacation, while doing some corporate bonding activities meant to improve workplace relations and morale. You shouldn't date a co-worker—don't mix business with pleasure.
pick and mix
1. adjective Able to be chosen and combined at someone's discretion. Hyphenated and used before a noun. The mobile phone provider unveiled its new pick-and-mix package, in which customers can choose exactly what they want to pay for in a monthly bill-pay plan.
2. noun A selection of various, often incongruous, things mixed together. Sometimes hyphenated. The film adaptation ends up being a pick-and-mix of elements from the four-novel saga, which results in a narrative that is overly complex and impossible to feel invested in.
3. verb To choose and combine various different things as one desires. Starting next month, customers with the airline will no longer be able to pick and mix the things they pay for on their flights, instead having to choose from one of three pre-determined price tiers.
mix and match
To put certain things together in different combinations. You can mix and match any of the items on this table, so take whatever you want. The pieces in my spring collection were designed to be mixed and matched.
1. verb To confuse one thing for another. I'm sorry I'm late, I must have mixed up the time for our meeting.
2. verb To combine various substances by stirring. Have you mixed up the eggs and the sugar yet?
3. verb To cause something to become jumbled or disorganized. My intern must have mixed up these papers—they're all out of order.
4. verb To increase the sound of one component in an audio file, such as a song. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "mix" and "up." I can barely hear the drums—can you mix them up?
5. noun A situation in which a mistake has been made, especially when one thing is confused for or erroneously swapped with another. As a noun, the phrase is usually hyphenated. OK, here are your car keys. Sorry about the mix-up.
1. Confused. I'm sorry I'm late, I must have gotten mixed up about the time for our meeting.
2. Of various substances, completely combined, typically by having been stirred together. Don't add the cream until the eggs and sugar are completely mixed up.
3. Jumbled or disorganized. My intern must have filed these incorrectly—they're all mixed up. The keys are all mixed up in that drawer. You'll have to sort them.
4. Of multiple things, having been confused for or erroneously swapped with each other. How did our car keys get mixed up? Did we put them on the same tray?
5. Involved or implicated in something negative or troublesome. Don't get mixed up with a dangerous crowd like that. I got mixed up in drugs during college, and it took me a long time to get clean.
6. slang Drunk. Do you remember last night at the bar at all? You were really mixed up!
mix (something) down
To produce a final audio product from a mixture of several different audio sources or components. We've got the best sound engineer in the country mixing our tracks down, so the album is going to sound fantastic. We need to re-record the vocals track before we can mix the song down.
mix in (with)
1. To combine with something else. Make sure to continue stirring the egg whites vigorously and steadily so that the sugar mixes in evenly. I love barbecuing in the summer, as the smell of sizzling hamburgers and sausages mixes in with the aromas of the lush, sunsoaked grass and trees.
2. To combine or mingle something with something else. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "mix" and "in." This turbine mixes a powerful cleaning agent in with the contaminated water to kill any bacteria present. Mix the salt in very slowly and steadily, or else it won't dissolve into the solution properly.
3. To converse or chat (with someone or a group of people) in an easy, friendly manner; to mingle or fit in well (with someone or a group of people). I've got to talk to Mike for a while about a work issue, so why don't you go and mix in with some of the other people at the party, and I'll join you in a minute. I was worried that Tommy wouldn't like starting play school, but it's great to see him mixing in right away.
4. To join or mingle two or more people in a social situation. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "mix" and "in." I always find it awkward trying to mix my regular friends in with co-workers on a night out. I want to mix my son in with some more kids his age.
1. To combine into something else. Make sure to keep stirring the egg whites vigorously and steadily so that the sugar mixes into it evenly. I love barbecuing in the summer, as the smell of sizzling hamburgers and sausages mixes into the ambient aromas of the lush, sunsoaked grass and trees.
2. To stir, combine, or mingle something into something else. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "mix" and "into." This turbine mixes a powerful cleaning agent into the contaminated water to kill any bacteria present. Mix the salt into the solution very slowly and steadily, or else it won't dissolve into the solution properly.
3. To mingle, fit in, or socialize well with some group of people. I've always had a hard time mixing into groups of people I don't know. I was worried that Tommy wouldn't mix into his new school very well, but he's been doing very well there.
4. To join or mingle two or more people in a social situation. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "mix" and "into." It was a little awkward at first mixing my new girlfriend into my group of friends, but they all get along very well now. I try to mix the interns into different departments across the company throughout their time with us so that they learn as much as possible in their time here.
1. To combine with something else. Make sure to continue stirring the egg whites vigorously and steadily so that the sugar mixes with it in evenly. I love barbecuing in the summer, as the smell of sizzling hamburgers and sausages mixes with the aromas of the lush, sunsoaked grass and trees.
2. To combine or mingle something with something else. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "mix" and "with." This turbine mixes a powerful cleaning agent with the contaminated water to kill any bacteria present. Mix the salt with the solution very slowly and steadily, or else it won't dissolve into the solution properly.
3. To converse or chat (with someone or a group of people) in an easy, friendly manner; to mingle or fit in well (with someone or a group of people). I've got to talk to Mike for a while about a work issue, so why don't you go and mix with some of the other people at the party, and I'll join you in a minute. I was worried that Tommy wouldn't like starting play school, but it's great to see him mixing with the other kids right away.
4. To join or mingle two or more people in a social situation. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "mix" and "with." I always find it awkward trying to mix my regular friends with co-workers on a night out. I want to mix my son with some more kids his age.
mix (one) up in (something)
To involve or embroil one in some situation or circumstance, especially that which is problematic, unpleasant, dangerous, etc. Often used in passive constructions. I can't believe I let you mix me up in another one of your cockeyed schemes—do you know how much this is going to cost me? I don't want Sarah getting mixed up in any of your boss's illegal dealings, you hear me?
mix (one) up with (someone)
1. To confuse or mistake one person for another. I always mix Kelly up with her younger sister—they look so much alike! Sorry, I think I'm mixing him up with someone from the accounting team.
2. To involve or embroil one with some other person, especially someone who is problematic, unpleasant, dangerous, etc. Often used in passive constructions. I heard Tom's gotten mixed up with some pretty shady people since he moved to New York City. I don't want you mixing Sarah up with any troublemakers, you hear me?
confuse (someone) with (someone else)and confuse (something) with (something else)
to mix someone up with someone else; to mistake someone or something with something else. I'm afraid you have confused me with my brother. Don't confuse the old ones with the new ones.
See also: confuse
mistake (someone) for (someone else)and mix (someone) up with (someone else)
to confuse someone with someone else; to think that one person is another person. I'm sorry. I mistook you for John. Tom is always mistaking Bill for me. We don't look a thing alike, though. Try not to mix Bill up with Bob, his twin.
mistake (something) for (something else)and mix (something) up with (something else)
to confuse two things with each other. Please don't mix this idea up with that one. I mistook my book for yours.
mix and match
1. to assemble a limited number of items, usually clothing, in a number of different ways. Alice learned to mix and match her skirts, blouses, and sweaters so that she always could be attractively dressed on a limited budget. Gary always bought black, blue, and gray trousers and shirts so he could mix and match without too many bad combinations.
2. to select a number of items from an assortment, often in order to get a quantity discount. (As opposed to getting a quantity discount for buying a lot of only one item.) The candles were 25 percent off, and you could mix and match colors, sizes, and length. I found a good sale on shirts. They were four for fifty dollars, and the store would let you mix and match.
mix in (with someone or something)
to mix or combine with people or substances. The band came down from the stage and mixed in with the guests during the break. The eggs won't mix in with the shortening!
mix it up (with someone)
to fight with someone; to quarrel with someone. Wilbur and Walt mixed it up for a while, and then things calmed down. Richard came out of the shop and began to mix it up with Walt.
mix someone or something into somethingand mix someone or something in
to combine someone or something into something. We will try to mix the new people into the group. We will mix in the new people a few at a time.
mix someone up
to confuse someone. Please don't ask questions now; you'll mix me up! You mixed up the speaker with your question.
mix someone up in something
to get someone involved in something. Please don't mix me up in this problem. Walter mixed up his daughter in the sordid affair.
mix someone up with someone else Go to mistake someone for someone
mix something up
to bring something into disorder; to throw something into a state of confusion. Don't mix up the papers on my desk. He mixes up things in his eagerness to speak.
mix something up(with something)
1. to mix or stir something using a mixing or stirring device. He mixed the batter up with a spoon. First, mix up the batter.
2. to combine substances and mix them together. Please mix the egg up with the sugar first. Please mix up the egg with the sugar.
mix something up with something else Go to mistake something for something
mix with someone or something
to mix socially with someone or a group. Tom dislikes Bill and Ted so much that he could never mix with them socially. She finds it difficult to mix with friends.
mix with something
[for a substance] to combine with a substance. Will this pigment mix with water? Water will not mix with oil.
Take someone or something for someone or something else, as in I'm sorry, I mistook you for her sister, or Don't mistake that friendly smile for good intentions; he's a tough competitor. [c. 1600]
mix and match
Combine different items in a number of ways. For example, The store displayed skirts, blouses, and slacks in colors that one could mix and match. [Mid-1900s]
mix it up
Get in a fight, as in The driver got out and began to mix it up with the other driver. This expression uses mix in referring to physical mingling. [c. 1900]
1. Confuse, confound, as in His explanation just mixed me up even more, or I always mix up the twins. [c. 1800]
2. Involve or implicate. This usage is usually put in the passive, as in He got mixed up with the wrong crowd. [Mid-1800s]
mix and matchselect and combine different but complementary items, such as clothing or pieces of equipment, to form a coordinated set.
ˌmix and ˈmatchcombine things in different ways for different purposes: You can mix and match courses to suit your requirements.
ˈmix it (with somebody)(British English) (American English ˌmix it ˈup (with somebody)) (informal) argue with somebody or cause trouble: Don’t take any notice of what he says. You know what he’s like — always trying to mix it.
To wrongly perceive that someone or something is someone or something else: I'm sorry to have bothered you—I mistook you for a friend of mine. Don't mistake the poison ivy for a box elder vine!
1. To combine all of the audio components of some recording into a single final soundtrack or mix: We recorded the last guitar part toward the end of the song, and now we can mix the song down. It can be difficult to mix down 24 tracks.
2. To reduce the volume of some component of an electrical or audio signal relative to other components: The drums sounded too loud in the recording studio, so we mixed them down. The sound engineer mixed down the vocals.
1. To cause the elements of something to be intermingled: Mix up the eggs and sugar before you pour them into the flour. Mix the batter up thoroughly before pouring it into the pan.
2. To prepare something by mixing: I mixed some eggs up for breakfast. I mixed up a cake for her birthday.
3. To confuse someone; confound someone: His explanation just mixed me up more. The confusing directions mixed up all the party guests.
4. To mistake something or someone for something or someone else: I always mix up the twins. I mixed the twins up because they were wearing the same thing.
5. To involve or implicate someone in the activities of someone or something, especially something negative: Don't mix yourself up with that crowd. She mixed him up in the whole mess. He got mixed up with the wrong people.
6. To increase the volume of some component of an electrical or audio signal relative to other components: Your singing sounds too quiet—we should mix it up. Mix up the microphones when the announcer begins speaking.
mix it up (with someone)
tv. to fight with someone; to quarrel with someone. Max came out of the shop and began to mix it up with Mooshoo.
mix it upverb
1. mod. confused; mentally troubled. (This is hyphenated before a nominal.) I was a little mixed up after the accident.
2. mod. alcohol intoxicated. I’m just a little mixed-up, nothing serious. No reason you should be swaying around like that.
mix it upSlang