foul up

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foul up definition


  1. in.
    to blunder; to mess up. : The quarterback fouled up in the first quarter, and that lost us the game.
  2. n.
    a blunder; an error. (Usually foul-up.) : That was a fine foul-up! Is that your specialty?
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
Copyright 2007. Published by McGraw-Hill Education.
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Idioms & Phrases

foul up

Blunder or cause to blunder; botch, ruin. For example, He's fouled up this report, but I think we can fix it, or Our plans were fouled up by the bad weather. This expression is widely believed to have originated as a euphemism for fuck up. [Colloquial; c. 1940]

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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