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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.
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.
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Meanwhile, back on the mainland, Josie is struggling to find her place in the world as an actor and a woman in that prickly hammock between ingenue and "a certain age." The cult hit she starred in 20 years earlier (the aptly titled show "Alter Ego") is about to be feted at a fan convention, and she's feeling the disconnect between her heroic character and her present-day hot mess.
Wright-Phillips insists he will hang up his boots when he starts "looking like a hot mess and falling over".
Star Wars, in particular, has been a hot mess for EA, so much so that (https://www.polygon.com/2017/11/17/16670758/star-wars-battlefront-2-issues-disney-ea) Disney had to step in and put an end to the game's microtransactions.
But when it isn't done right, a classy red color can soon become a red hot mess. The most important step to achieve those perfectly plum red lips is to exfoliate.
Winship Academy, a private school near Atlanta, is a hot mess. Drugs, sex, and violence are rampant in a student body in which most of the students are privileged, selfish, conforming racists.
Staggs and Deibert were a couple before they started collaborating professionally (first on the hilariously true-to-life web comic strip Hot Mess).
If the slang term "hot mess" hadn't been coined, it would be freshly minted and polished for this film about a precocious savant, who conceives the perfect murder of an abusive neighbour, then asks his mother and younger brother to carry out the plan when a brain tumour renders him incapable.
Look at this hot mess! Is she alright?" "She'll be fine." We hit the streets with our friends and the boys made quick work of just about everything we touched.
'Hot mess' seems to be the favoured term to describe the debacle.
"That performance was a hot mess. That outfit she was wearing made her look like a banana," one said.
Earth's oceans are a hot mess. They absorb heat at twice the rate that they did nearly 20 years ago, Thomas Sumner reported in "Ocean heating doubles" (SN: 2/20/16, p.
Directed by Anne Fletcher without any sense of urgency, Hot Pursuit is a hot mess with the emphasis on mess.
Directed by Anne Fletcher without any sense of urgency, this is a hot mess with the emphasis on mess.
Wavy, “beachy” hair is a hot look, but it can leave your hair a hot mess. Chlorine, sun and heat can be tough on hair, so what's a beauty to do?