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high muckamuck

slang An especially important, influential, and authoritative person, especially someone who is overbearingly or arrogantly so. (Sometimes shortened to simply "muckamuck.") "All hail the high muckamuck," Jerry muttered under his breath as the dictator's motorcade rolled by. We're just waiting for the muckamuck to give us the green light before we get the project started.
See also: high, muckamuck

high muckety-muck

slang An especially important, influential, and authoritative person, especially someone who is overbearingly or arrogantly so. We're just waiting for the muckety-muck to give us the green light before we get the project started. "All hail the high muckety-muck," Jerry muttered under his breath as the dictator's motorcade rolled by.
See also: high

muckety muck

slang An especially important, influential, and authoritative person, especially someone who is overbearingly or arrogantly so. We're just waiting for the muckety muck to give us the green light before we get the project started.
See also: muck, muckety

as common as muck

Low-class. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. Considering she's wearing an outfit like that in public, she must be as common as muck.
See also: common, muck

muckety-muck

slang An especially important, influential, and authoritative person, especially someone who is overbearingly or arrogantly so. We're just waiting for the muckety-muck to give us the green light before we get the project started. "All hail the muckety-muck," Jerry muttered under his breath as the dictator's motorcade rolled by.

Lady Muck

An average or ordinary woman who has pretentions of being more important or of a higher class than those around her. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. Here comes Lady Muck again, swanning in like the Queen of England, expecting everyone to stop what they're doing just for her.
See also: lady, muck

Lord Muck

An average or ordinary man who has pretentions of being more important or of a higher class than those around him. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. Here comes Lord Muck again, swanning in like the King of England, expecting everyone to stop what they're doing just for him.
See also: lord, muck

muck-raking

1. adjective Characterized by trying to find out unpleasant information about someone, so as to damage their public reputation. Used before a noun. I think your "newspaper" is just gossipy trash written by muck-raking vultures.
2. noun The act of gathering such information. I hate the muck-raking that goes on ad nauseum during an election season.

treat (one) like muck

To treat one as if they were worthless; to treat one with contempt or with no respect. I'm tired of you treating me like muck, like I don't matter. I went to that store to buy a dress but they treated me like muck just because I wasn't already wearing expensive clothes.
See also: like, muck, treat

where there's muck, there's brass

There is profit to be made from the jobs that other people think are unpleasant and do not want to do. I started a portable toilet business because I knew that where there's muck, there's brass.
See also: brass

muck around

1. To be idle or do something without much purpose. Quit mucking around and help me take out the trash! After the stressful week that I had, I'm looking forward to just mucking around the house for the weekend. What are you doing mucking around with those knuckleheads? You're going to get into trouble.
2. To meddle, interfere, or tweak, often in an uncareful or casual way. Please don't muck around with the thermostat, I have it set exactly the way I want it. I've been mucking around with the melody but haven't been able to get it quite right.
See also: around, muck

muck up

To ruin or mess something up. A noun or pronoun can be used between "muck" and "up." Boy, you really mucked up this report, and I don't have time to fix it right now.
See also: muck, up

(as) happy as a pig in muck

Very joyful and contented. Primarily heard in UK. Look at your sister out there! She's happy as a pig in muck now that she's back in the starting lineup again. I know I'll be as happy as a pig in muck once I get this stupid cast off my leg.
See also: happy, muck, pig

make a muck of (something)

To ruin, bungle, or spoil something. Primarily heard in UK. I really made a muck of that project at work—I'm going to get fired for sure! I'm afraid the accounting department made a complete muck of these numbers. We'll need to re-tally the entire ledger.
See also: make, muck, of

(lord) high muck-a-muck

Rur. a very important person. (Humorous.) Jim's acting like he's some kind of lord high muck-a-muck. What's gotten into him? Mary got a promotion, so now she's a real high muck-a-muck.
See also: high

muck something up

to ruin something. I should never have trusted Jim with the repair work. He was bound to muck it up. I asked her to take over for me while I was gone, and she really mucked it up. She mucked up the whole deal.
See also: muck, up

muck up

Bungle, damage, make a mess of, as in Don't let him write the review; he's sure to muck it up. This idiom alludes to the verb muck in the sense of "spread manure on." [Early 1900s] For a synonym, see foul up.
See also: muck, up

common as muck

BRITISH, OFFENSIVE
If you say that someone is as common as muck, you mean that they are lower-class and not sophisticated. Leary guessed correctly that his guests were as common as muck and planned the menu accordingly.
See also: common, muck

happy as a pig in muck

BRITISH, INFORMAL
If you are happy as a pig in muck, you are very happy. From day one I adored it. I was as happy as a pig in muck. Note: This expression has several variations. For example, some people talk about being happy as a pig in shit. I'd much rather be as I am, I couldn't imagine being any different. Happy as a pig in shit. Frankly, I was like a pig in shit — oh, how I revelled in the opportunity of standing next to famous people!
See also: happy, muck, pig

Lady Muck

a haughty or socially pretentious woman. British informal
See also: lady, muck

as common as muck

of low social status. British informal
See also: common, muck

make a muck of

handle incompetently; bungle. British informal
See also: make, muck, of

where there's muck there's brass

dirty or unpleasant activities are also lucrative. proverb
See also: brass, muck

where there’s ˌmuck there’s ˈbrass

(British English, saying) used to say that somebody has made a lot of money from an unpleasant or a dirty business activity: When they saw his enormous house and flash car they looked at each other, both thinking ‘Where there’s muck there’s brass.’
Muck is dirt or mud. Brass is an old-fashioned word for ‘money’.
See also: brass, muck

muck around

or muck about
v.
To spend time idly; putter: We spent our summer afternoons mucking around in the fields and ponds. I stayed home and mucked around all day.
See also: around, muck

muck up

v. Slang
1. To make something dirty or contaminated, especially with mud, grime, or a similar substance: Don't step in that puddle; you'll muck up your shoes. The gears in the car's transmission were all mucked up.
2. To make some liquid unclear or unusable by stirring up elements settled on the bottom: Unfortunately, all the dredging in the river has mucked up the water so much that we can't go swimming. The rains mucked the water up, making it difficult for scuba divers to see.
3. To make something unusable by disrupting what should remain undisturbed: I tried to incorporate these ideas into my paper at the last minute, but all they did was to muck it up. The editor stopped the author from mucking up the book with needless revisions.
See also: muck, up

high mucky-muck

(...ˈməkimək)
n. an important person; the person in charge. When the high mucky-mucks meet, they will decide what to do about the problem.
See also: high

muck something up

tv. to mess something up; to ruin something. Try not to muck it up this time.
See also: muck, something, up
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