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mess

noun (PROBLEMS)    /mes/
B2 [S] a situation that is full of problems: She said that her life was a mess. I got myself into a mess by telling a lie. The company's finances are in a mess.Difficult situations and unpleasant experiencesAccidents and disasters [S] a person whose life is full of problems they cannot deal with: After the divorce he was a real mess and drinking too much.FailuresAccidents and disastersHigher and lower points of achievement make a mess of sth (also mess sth up) to do something badly or spoil something: I've made a real mess of my exams.Damaging and spoilingDestroying and demolishingFailing and doing badly
(Definition of mess noun (PROBLEMS) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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