goof up

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English[edit]

Verb[edit]

to goof up

  1. (slang) To make a mistake.
    If I go near a skateboard, I'm sure I'm just going to goof up and fall off.
  2. (transitive, slang) To introduce problems to or damage through incompetence.
    I tried to fix it, but I think I just goofed it up some more.

Usage notes[edit]

  • The object of the transitive verb comes between "goof" and "up", so "I goofed it up" is correct, and *"I goofed up it" is not.

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