make a mess

make a mess

To leave something in a state of disarray, clutter, or dirtiness. I always make a mess when I'm baking, but I don't mind cleaning it up afterward. The kids made a mess in the playroom, but I made sure they put away all their toys when they were done.
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The veterans make a mess of the start in Michigan and Jimmy Vasser wins a forgettable race.