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cock sth up

UK slang
verb uk phrasal verb with cock   /kɒk/ us    /kɑːk/
to do something wrong or badly: David cocked up the arrangements and we ended up missing the reception. "How did the exam go?" "Terrible - I panicked and really cocked it up."
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