mess

mess
I UK [mes] / US noun
Word forms "mess":
singular mess plural messes
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1) [countable/uncountable] a situation in which a place is dirty or untidy

Your room is a mess; please pick up your toys.

"What a mess!" she said, looking at the kitchen.

make a mess:

Try not to make a mess because I've been cleaning.

in a mess:

His papers were in a terrible mess.

a) [countable] something that has been accidentally dropped or carelessly left, so that it makes a place look dirty

I cleaned up the mess with a napkin.

There was a sticky mess on the kitchen floor.

b) [singular] someone or something that looks dirty, untidy, or in bad condition

Look at you – you're a mess!

Mark's jeans were a mess by the time he finished painting.

2) [singular] a difficult situation with a lot of problems, especially because people have made mistakes

an economic mess

be in a mess:

The company was in a complete mess when she took over.

get into a mess:

I don't know how we got into this mess.

get someone into a mess:

You got me into this mess in the first place.


Cultural note:
The phrase another fine (or nice) mess you've gotten me into was often used by the US actor Oliver Hardy to his partner Stan Laurel in a series of comedy films they made together in the 1920s and 1930s. People sometimes use this phrase humorously when they are in a difficult situation, especially when they want to blame someone for it.
Collocations:
Adjectives frequently used with mess
▪  awful, complete, fine, real, right, sorry, terrible, total
3) [singular] informal someone who is so nervous or who has so many problems that they cannot have a normal life

I was a complete mess after the divorce.

4) [countable] a room where people have their meals in the armed forces
5) [countable/uncountable] solid waste from an animal

make a mess of (doing) something — to make a lot of mistakes when you are doing or dealing with something

Tom felt he had made a mess of his life.


II UK [mes] / US verb
Word forms "mess":
present tense I/you/we/they mess he/she/it messes present participle messing past tense messed past participle messed
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Phrasal verbs:

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