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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 high muckamuck to give us the green light before we get the project started.
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 high 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
(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.
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 tally the entire ledger again.
(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.
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.
common as muckBRITISH, 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.
happy as a pig in muckBRITISH, 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!
Lady Mucka haughty or socially pretentious woman. British informal
as common as muckof low social status. British informal
make a muck ofhandle incompetently; bungle. British informal
where there's muck there's brassdirty or unpleasant activities are also lucrative. proverb
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’.
muck aroundor muck about
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.
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.
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.