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mix-up

[miks-uhp] /ˈmɪksˌʌp/
noun
1.
a confused state of things; muddle; tangle.
2.
a fight.
Origin of mix-up
1835-1845
1835-45; noun use of verb phrase mix up
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  • In the mixup my weight struck Bosey and fractured his collar-bone.

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  • I reckon we better not say anything about my mixup with his folks.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • This seemed to confirm my notion that there was a mixup of identity.

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  • There has been a—mixup, and it is impossible now, Mrs. Cuthbert.

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British Dictionary definitions for mixup

mix-up

noun
1.
a confused condition or situation
2.
(informal) a fight
verb (transitive, adverb)
3.
to make into a mixture: to mix up ingredients
4.
to confuse or confound: Tom mixes John up with Bill
5.
(often passive) to put (someone) into a state of confusion: I'm all mixed up
6.
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?
7.
(US & Canadian, informal) mix it up, to fight
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Word Origin and History for mixup

mix-up

n.

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

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Slang definitions & phrases for mixup

mix-up

noun

  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.
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