What are some alternative words for mess up?

Synonyms for mess up

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. ballup, balls-up, cockup, mess-up(verb)

    something badly botched or muddled

    Synonyms:
    ballup, mess-up, cockup, balls-up

  2. botch, bodge, bumble, fumble, botch up, muff, blow, flub, screw up, ball up, spoil, muck up, bungle, fluff, bollix, bollix up, bollocks, bollocks up, bobble, mishandle, louse up, foul up, mess up, fuck up(verb)

    make a mess of, destroy or ruin

    "I botched the dinner and we had to eat out"; "the pianist screwed up the difficult passage in the second movement"

    Synonyms:
    vitiate, stammer, mud, plunder, impair, drift, pamper, hot up, flub, suck, featherbed, mar, gasconade, squander, ruffle up, boast, heat up, vaunt, itch, screw up, ball up, mire, frustrate, corrupt, bluster, gas, deflower, spoil, muck up, rape, tease, grope, violate, bollocks, mollycoddle, bungle, bollocks up, fumble, muck, shove along, shove off, foil, stutter, blow, bollix, rumple, coddle, cosset, shoot a line, scotch, go bad, ruffle, baby, cross, louse up, fellate, float, botch up, bodge, brag, bobble, baffle, muff, be adrift, fluff, mess, mishandle, tout, foul up, swash, blunder, indulge, despoil, waste, go down on, stumble, blow out, bollix up, botch, thwart, bilk, bumble, falter, cocker, burn out, misconduct, mismanage

  3. ruffle, ruffle up, rumple, mess up(verb)

    disturb the smoothness of

    "ruffle the surface of the water"

    Synonyms:
    botch, prance, flick, screw up, shuffle, bungle, tittup, muck up, mishandle, bumble, botch up, ruffle up, blow, ripple, flub, cock, rumple, sashay, fumble, knit, ball up, ruffle, bollocks, strut, pleat, riffle, cockle, crease, louse up, bollocks up, wrinkle, bollix, crumple, pucker, muff, swagger, undulate, foul up, mix, mess, fluff, bobble, crinkle, bollix up, spoil, bodge

  4. mess, mess up(verb)

    make a mess of or create disorder in

    "He messed up his room"

    Synonyms:
    ruffle up, spoil, bobble, bungle, bollocks, mishandle, rumple, bollix, foul up, bodge, flub, mess, fumble, botch up, fluff, ball up, screw up, louse up, blow, bollix up, botch, ruffle, muck up, bumble, bollocks up, muff

Wiktionary

  1. mess up(verb)

    Synonyms:
    screw up, jack up, fuck up

  2. mess up(verb)

    Synonyms:
    foul up, screw up, fuck up, gum

  3. mess up(verb)

    Synonyms:
    fuck up, screw up

  4. mess up(verb)

    Synonyms:
    screw up

  5. mess up(verb)

    Synonyms:
    fuck up

  6. mess up(verb)

    To damage; injure.

    He messed up his elbow at the track meet.

    Synonyms:
    screw up, jack up, fuck up

  7. mess up(verb)

    To manhandle; beat up; rough up.

    Her brother's friends messed him up a little after he cheated on her.

    Synonyms:
    fuck up

  8. mess up(verb)

    Synonyms:
    gum, fuck up

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How to use mess up in a sentence?

  1. Gary Staden:

    The idea of these elections is try a solve a crisis but I think they might perpetuate one, my concern is any mess up like failure to deliver ballot papers is going to be interpreted as someone trying to rig the election and that could set off an unrest.

  2. Tom Ridge:

    By the way, I worked for his brother and I love his dad, so excuse me for the mess-up because I think this is a legacy of principled leadership and that's exactly what Jeb Bush would bring to the White House.

  3. Manish Badal:

    I was hoping that Wilders would get more votes than he got, because these people that mess up this whole country, their eyes would open up, it would be like Trump. These people would pack their bags.

  4. Billy Joel:

    It's okay if you mess up. You should give yourself a break.

  5. Daniel Cameron:

    I’m most concerned about that one out of three who remains ill, for some, it can last up to 10 years and when you’re at school, it can mess up your ability to concentrate in the classroom or participate in sports or have a life with friends.

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