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[miks-uhp] /ˈmɪksˌʌp/
a confused state of things; muddle; tangle.
a fight.
Origin of mix-up
1835-45; noun use of verb phrase mix up Unabridged
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  • In the mixup my weight struck Bosey and fractured his collar-bone.

    Football Days William H. Edwards
  • I reckon we better not say anything about my mixup with his folks.

    Crooked Trails and Straight William MacLeod Raine
  • No one ever said, and apparently it was a mixup in the orders there, or something of that nature.

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  • Champ, the bull terrier who caused the mixup, was uninjured.

    Pieces of Hate Heywood Broun
  • Soon we saw the sulky in front and the one at the old gent's side, together with his own, all in a mixup and turning flipflops.

    Looking Back Merrick Abner Richardson
  • This seemed to confirm my notion that there was a mixup of identity.

    Football Days William H. Edwards
  • There has been a—mixup, and it is impossible now, Mrs. Cuthbert.

  • So she told him about Uncle Jabezs mixup with the Tintacker mining properties.

British Dictionary definitions for mixup


a confused condition or situation
(informal) a fight
verb (transitive, adverb)
to make into a mixture: to mix up ingredients
to confuse or confound: Tom mixes John up with Bill
(often passive) to put (someone) into a state of confusion: I'm all mixed up
foll by in or with; usually passive. to involve (in an activity or group, esp one that is illegal): why did you get mixed up in that drugs racket?
(US & Canadian, informal) mix it up, to fight
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Word Origin and History for mixup



"confusion," 1841, from mix (v.) + up.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for mixup



  1. Confusion; chaos; mess: There's an awful mix-up over at the plant today (1898+)
  2. A fight, esp a free-for-all (1841+)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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