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mess

  

      n  
1    a state of confusion or untidiness, esp. if dirty or unpleasant  
the house was in a mess     
2    a chaotic or troublesome state of affairs; muddle  
his life was a mess     
3    Informal   a dirty or untidy person or thing  
4    Archaic   a portion of food, esp. soft or semiliquid food  
5    a place where service personnel eat or take recreation  
an officers' mess     
6    a group of people, usually servicemen, who eat together  
7    the meal so taken  
8    mess of pottage   a material gain involving the sacrifice of a higher value  
      vb  
9    tr; often foll by: up   to muddle or dirty  
10    intr   to make a mess  
11    intr; often foll by: with   to interfere; meddle  
12    intr; often foll by: with or together     (Military)   to group together, esp. for eating  
     (C13: from Old French mes dish of food, from Late Latin missus course (at table), from Latin mittere to send forth, set out)  


mess about   , around  
      vb   adv  
1    intr   to occupy oneself trivially; potter  
2    when intr, often foll by: with   to interfere or meddle (with)  
3    intr; sometimes foll by: with     (Chiefly U.S.)   to engage in adultery  
mess hall  
      n   a military dining room, usually large  
mess jacket  
      n   a waist-length jacket tapering to a point at the back, worn by officers in the mess for formal dinners  
mess kit  
      n     (Military)  
1      (Brit)   formal evening wear for officers  
2      (Also called)    mess gear   eating utensils used esp. in the field  
English Collins Dictionary - English Definition & Thesaurus  
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mess

  

      n  
1    balls-up     (taboo slang)   bodge     (informal)   botch, chaos, clutter, cock-up     (Brit. slang)   confusion, dirtiness, disarray, disorder, disorganization, fuck-up     (offensive taboo slang)   grot     (slang)   hash, hodgepodge     (U.S.)   hotchpotch, jumble, litter, mishmash, pig's breakfast     (informal)   shambles, state, turmoil, untidiness  
2    deep water, difficulty, dilemma, fine kettle of fish     (informal)   fix     (informal)   hot water     (informal)   imbroglio, jam     (informal)   mix-up, muddle, perplexity, pickle     (informal)   plight, predicament, spot     (informal)   stew     (informal)   tight spot  
      vb  
3      (often with)       up   befoul, besmirch, botch, bungle, clutter, cock up     (Brit. slang)   dirty, disarrange, dishevel, foul, fuck up     (offensive taboo slang)   litter, make a hash of     (informal)   make a nonsense of, make a pig's ear of     (informal)   muck up     (Brit. slang)   muddle, pollute, scramble  
4      (often with)       with   fiddle     (informal)   interfere, meddle, play, tamper, tinker  


mess about   , around  
1    amuse oneself, dabble, fool (about or around), footle     (informal)   muck about     (informal)   piss about or around     (taboo slang)   play about or around, potter, trifle  
2    fiddle     (informal)   fool (about or around), interfere, meddle, piss about or around     (taboo slang)   play, tamper, tinker, toy  

English Collins Dictionary - English synonyms & Thesaurus  

Collaborative Dictionary     English Definition
exp.
mess, disaster
It is often used to describe how someone looks or feels. E.g: I'm a train wreck all day if I don't have a cup of coffee.
n.
a mess, a failure
[Slang];[UK] it comes from the cooking domain where the phrase described a dish that was not tasty enough and therefore thrown away to dogs

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