balls up

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English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From ball up.

Verb[edit]

balls up

  1. third-person singular simple present indicative form of ball up

Etymology 2[edit]

From balls + up.

Verb[edit]

balls up ‎(third-person singular simple present ballses up, present participle ballsing up, simple past and past participle ballsed up) (phrasal verb)

  1. (Britain, Australia, New Zealand, vulgar, intransitive) To make a mess of everything in a situtation.
    • 2009, Jan Kjaerstad, The Discoverer, ISBN 1908129549:
      He was putting everything he had into it, but he kept ballsing up.
    • 2011, Lesley Thomson, A Kind of Vanishing, ISBN 0956559999:
      'We just have to get through without ballsing up
  2. (Britain, Australia, New Zealand, vulgar, transitive) To do something badly. To ruin a job.
    • 1977, Mungo MacCallum, Mungo's Canberra, page 142:
      It has got to the ludicrous stage that whenever Snedden makes a speech without actually ballsing something up irrevocably, they tell him he's the greatest thing since Winston Churchill;
    • 2010, A.L. Kennedy, Everything You Need, ISBN 1446401960:
      Bearing in mind that if you're teasing but you have to explain it, then you're not teasing, you're just ballsing things up and being a fucking thug.
    He really ballsed up that paint work. It'll have to be redone!