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mess of (something)

A large, unorganized amount or collection of something. My desk is a mess of paperwork, business cards, and office supplies. There's a whole mess of produce at the farmer's market, but it's not always easy to find what you want.
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(whole) mess of someone or something

Rur. a lot of someone or something. We went out on the lake and caught a whole mess of bluegill. I cooked up a mess of chili and had all my friends over to eat it.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Her cargo is not stowed in any sense; it is simply dumped into her through six hatchways, more or less, by twelve winches or so, with clatter and hurry and racket and heat, in a cloud of steam and a mess of coal-dust.
And yet, in the face of famine and the rigorous winter, he went out gayly in quest of a mess of trout, forsooth, because he "doted" on them!
"Then you won't have another chance to get a mess of those trout you just
Alla sudden, a bird plopped a mess of doodoo, plooop, right on the front of his shirt.
And don't forget 1979's "Disco Demolition Night," which made such a mess of Comiskey Park by blowing up disco albums on the field that Chicago had to forfeit that evening's game to the Detroit Tigers.