get into a mess

get into a mess

1. Literally, to become dirty or soiled. Boys, if you're going to the park, please don't get into a mess!
2. To become involved in a troublesome situation. I've gotten into a mess here—I accidentally made plans with two different men tonight!
3. To cause something to be disorganized or cumbersome. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "get" and "into." Please try to keep the kids from getting the whole house into a mess. Who got these shelves into such a mess? I can't find a thing!
See also: get, mess

get something into a mess

to cause something to become messy or untidy; to cause something to become unmanageable. When he made the spaghetti sauce, he got the kitchen into a real mess. You have got these accounts into a mess!
See also: get, mess

get into a mess

 
1. Lit. to get some part of one into a sloppy or messy substance. Look at your shoes! You really got into a mess. Please don't get into a mess in the park.
2. and get into a jam Fig. to get into difficulty; to get into trouble. Now you have really gotten into a mess. I got into a real mess at work.
See also: get, mess