to make a mess of

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - make a mess of

"to make a mess of"

to spoil, ruin or botch something


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - make a mess of

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  Time to go home for the day.

Colleague 2:  Not me. I've got to stay and redo this report.

Colleague 1:  I thought you were finished.

Colleague 2:  I thought so too but when I reviewed the report, I discovered that I had made a mess of it. It is disorganized and out of order. The headings are out of alignment and the fonts are not coordinated. It's a real mess.

Colleague 1:  OK. Well, good luck. See you tomorrow.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - make a mess of

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  How was your Thanksgiving dinner?

Friend 2:  Terrible. I made a real mess of it.

Friend 1:  What happened?

Friend 2:  I burned the turkey. The mashed potatoes were lumpy and the cranberry sauce tasted like fish.

Friend 1:  Oh, well. Better luck next year.

to make a mess of - Usage:


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to make a mess of - Gerund Form:

Making a mess of writing this sentence, I decided to start over and rewrite it.

to make a mess of - Examples:

1)  Certain individuals who's only skill is self promotion and playing politics make a mess of project after project and keep going onto bigger and better things for a frighteningly ...

2)  ... when he'd make a mess of a ball with one of his poor touches or daft decisions.

3)  ... keep her garden in order but it won't take us long to make a mess of her borders.

4)  Anglophones regularly make a mess of this beautiful name, the correct pronunciation of which is Ifeeyainya.

5)  Presented with a money making opportunity, they're not going to make a mess of it.

6)  An ill-qualified Investment Advisor can make a mess of your investment portfolio.

7)  ... to provide indemnity to protect the litigant in person if they make a mess of it or are negligent.

8)  ... and I guess if I did present a programme and made a mess of it I'd feel quite a lot worse.

9)  ... or try to bolster the confidence of a hardworking youngster convinced they have made a mess of an exam. 

10)  ... has made a mess of its ratio selection, specifically at the first up-shift where there's a yawning ...

11)  ... if our relationship didn't work out we could say that Libby's made a mess of our lives.

12)  In these past 69 years, India has made a mess of managing Kashmir, whether by placation or by iron hand. 

13)  Sunday rain made a mess of qualifying rounds, with one of two men's ATP first-round matches cancelled.

14)  Three swift-moving storms raked Oakmont Country Club and made a mess of Thursday's first round, sending U.S. Golf Association officials scrambling ...

15)  He claimed his second after the break after Hanover made a mess of defending a corner.

16)  ... the Australian made a mess of the finish, blazing his shot well over the bar.

17)  ... however, misjudged the ball's trajectory, and made a mess of it.

18)  ... made a mess of the scoring move as he lost the ball as he went over the line

19)  And despite it being a soft interview, she made a mess of it.

20)  Rated as a genuine appeal for black votes, Trump is making a mess of it -- some polls actually measure his support among blacks at zero.