a hot mess

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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. The playroom was a hot mess when I got home, so the kids are in there cleaning it up now. I left Brad in charge of the project, and now it's a hot mess. Why am I surprised?
2. A person who is disheveled or disordered in life, manner, or appearance. Primarily heard in US. I overslept, so I came into work looking like a hot mess. I think I may have been wearing mismatched socks. Are you feeling OK? No offense, but you kind of look like a hot mess today. I don't have a job, and I'm living at home at 38 years old—of course I feel like a hot mess!
See also: hot, mess
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