foul-up

foul-up

[foul-uhp]
noun Informal.
1.
a condition of difficulty or disorder brought on by inefficiency, stupidity, etc.
2.
failure of a mechanical part to operate correctly.
3.
a person who habitually makes mistakes; bungler.

Origin:
1950–55, Americanism; noun use of verb phrase foul up

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