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mess

noun [C]
 
 
/mes/
UNTIDY B1 Someone or something that is a mess, or is in a mess, is dirty or untidy: [usually singular] My hair's such a mess! The house is in a mess. Don't make a mess in the kitchen!Dirt and untidiness
DIFFICULT B2 a confused or difficult situation: [usually singular] She told me that her life was a mess. If he hadn't lied, he wouldn't be in this mess now.Difficult situations and unpleasant experiencesAccidents and disasters
make a mess of sth to damage or spoil something: He made a mess of his first marriage.Damaging and spoilingDestroying and demolishing
MILITARY a place where members of the armed forces eat: [usually singular] the officers' messRestaurants and cafesThe armed forces generally
(Definition of mess from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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