Her worst fear, she confessed early on, was "messing up in a TV interview."
Robert Seguso took on the biggest referee of them all after messing up an easy midcourt shot during the 1991 Davis Cup.
messing up on the job is one thing, but meddling in your boss' personal life as if you were his mother is another.
I'd say Masters is playing safe keeping him from messing up the running gear while we're discharging.
I'm hoping we will get our work done before they get poking their noses into it and messing up all the trails.
I expect the lake is flooding the whole place and messing up everything from our cellar to the chickenhouse.
I have jumbled memories of messing up on the ledge, and then half swamping just below it, on my former run.
c.1300, "food for one meal, pottage," from Old French mes "portion of food, course at dinner," from Late Latin missus "course at dinner," literally "a placing, a putting (on a table, etc.)," from past participle of mittere "to put, place," in classical Latin "to send, let go" (see mission).
Meaning "communal eating place" (especially a military one) is first attested 1530s, from earlier sense of "company of persons eating together" (early 15c.), originally a group of four. Sense of "mixed food," especially for animals, (1738) led to contemptuous use for "jumble, mixed mass" (1828) and figurative sense of "state of confusion" (1834), as well as "condition of untidiness" (1851). General use for "a quantity" of anything is attested by 1830. Meaning "excrement" (of animals) is from 1903.
late 14c., "serve up in portions," from mess (n.). Meaning "take one's meals" is from 1701; that of "make a mess" is from 1853. Related: Messed; messing. To mess with "interfere, get involved" is from 1903; mess up "make a mistake, get in trouble" is from 1933 (earlier" make a mess of," 1909), both originally American English colloquial.
a portion of food given to a guest (Gen. 43:34; 2 Sam. 11:8).