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mess (sth) up

informal
verb uk phrasal verb with mess   /mes/ us  
B2 to spoil or damage something, or to do something wrong or badly: I messed up my chances of becoming a great singer. He says that his divorce has really messed his life up. You really messed up this time.
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in Chinese (Traditional) 搞砸,弄糟…
in Chinese (Simplified) 搞砸,弄糟…
(Definition of mess (sth) up phrasal verb, verb from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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