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cock up

1. To stand suddenly erect or point quickly upward. The dog's ears cocked up at the strange bang.
2. To cause something to stand suddenly erect or point quickly upward. A noun or pronoun can be used between "cock" and "up." Tom cocked his head up, thinking he had heard his name being called.
3. rude slang To ruin or make a mess of something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "cock" and "up." Primarily heard in UK. Boy, you really cocked up this report—I'm not sure I can even fix it. Go slowly so you don't cock it up like last time!
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