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mess up

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More people would learn from their mistakes if they weren't so busy denying them.
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Verb

Infinitive
to mess up

Third person singular
messes up

Simple past
messed up

Past participle
-

Present participle
messing up

to mess up (third-person singular simple present messes up, present participle messing up, simple past and past participle messed up)
  1. (transitive) To make a mess of; to untidy or soil.
    The afternoon breeze messed up my hair.
  2. (transitive) To introduce an error to or cause a problem with.
    The change messed something up, and it's not working anymore.
  3. To make a mistake; often construed with on.
    He has a hard time getting started because he's afraid he'll mess up.

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