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Synonyms of mess in English:


  • 1 please clear up the mess in the kitchen
    untidiness, disorder, disarray, clutter, heap, shambles, litter, tangle, jumble, muddle, mishmash, chaos, confusion, disorganization, turmoil
    informalmuck, fright, sight
    British informaldog's dinner/breakfast, tip
  • 2 there was cat mess all over the room
  • 3 I've got to get out of this mess
    plight, predicament, emergency, tight spot, tight corner, difficulty, straits, trouble, quandary, dilemma, problem, muddle, mix-up, confusion, complication, imbroglio, entanglement, mire
    informaljam, fix, pickle, stew, hot water, hole, pretty/fine kettle of fish, scrape
  • 4 what a mess he made of the project
    informalhash, muck, foul-up, screw-up
    British informalcock-up, shambles, omnishambles, car crash
    North American informalsnafu
    vulgar slangfuck-up, balls-up
  • Phrases

    make a mess of

    she felt she had made a complete mess of her life
    vulgar slangballs up, bugger up, fuck up


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    mess about/around

    potter about, amuse oneself, pass the time, do nothing very much, fiddle about/around, footle about/around, play about/around, fool about/around;
    fidget, toy, trifle, tamper, tinker, interfere, meddle, monkey (about/around)
    British informalmuck about/around, lark (about/around), fanny about/around
    vulgar slangfrig about/around, fuck about/around

    mess something up

  • 1 he had completely messed up my kitchen
    dirty, befoul, litter, besmirch, pollute;
    clutter up, disarrange, jumble, throw into disorder/confusion, muss, dishevel, rumple, tumble
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