fuck up

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  • IPA(key): /ˈfʌkˌʌp/ (noun)
  • IPA(key): /ˌfʌkˈʌp/ (verb)

Alternative forms[edit]


fuck up (plural fuck ups)

  1. (vulgar) An incompetent individual; one who errs frequently.
    He is such a fuck up.
  2. (vulgar) A severe mistake.
    That fuck up cost us the contract.



fuck up (third-person singular simple present fucks up, present participle fucking up, simple past and past participle fucked up)

  1. (intransitive, slang, vulgar) to make a mistake, to go wrong
    You really fucked up this time.
  2. (transitive, vulgar) to botch or make a mess of
    I fucked up question 3 of the exam.
  3. (transitive, vulgar) to injure or damage
    I fucked up my knee while running the marathon.
    • 1971, Phillip Larkin, “This Be The Verse”:
      They fuck you up, your mum and dad.
      They may not mean to, but they do.
      They fill you with the faults they had
      And add some extra, just for you.
    • 2006, John R. Butler (music), “The Hand of the Almighty”, in Surprise!:
      He'll fuck you up, yes, God will fuck you up
      If you dare to disobey His stern command.
      He'll fuck you up, don't you know He'll fuck you up?
      So you better do some prayin' while you can.
  4. (vulgar) To cause someone to make a big mistake.
  5. (used only in imperative, vulgar) short for shut the fuck up.
    Fuck up, mate! I don't want to listen to you!
  6. (vulgar) To cause significant physical damage to someone's body (especially, in a fight)
    • 1993, Wu-Tang Clan (music), “Shame on a Nigga”, in Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers):
      Shame on a nigga who try to run game on a nigga
      Wu buck wild with the trigger!
      Shame on a nigga who try to run game on a nigga
      I'll fuck your ass up!
    • 2010, James Rolfe, Angry Video Game Nerd: Action 52[1]:
      What are these, hookers? I guess this guy doesn't understand the concept of a hooker. You're supposed to fuck her, not fuck her up.



See also[edit]

  • (cause damage to someone’s body): FUBAR

Usage notes[edit]

This phrase is considered vulgar slang and its use in polite company could be insulting.