fuck up

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See also: fuckup and fuck-up


Alternative forms[edit]


  • (noun) IPA(key): /ˈfʌkˌʌp/
  • (verb) IPA(key): /ˌfʌkˈʌp/
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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.
    • 2017 August 27, Brandon Nowalk, “Game Of Thrones slows down for the longest, and best, episode of the season (newbies)”, in The Onion AV Club[1]:
      Tyrion is made to be a strategic fool. I haven’t been as hard on this aspect of the season as others, because I buy that Tyrion might overestimate himself in military matters. But face-to-face negotiation with power players in the capital? Now that really is his bread and butter, and after a season of fucking things up in Dragonstone, he once again completely misreads the situation in King’s Landing.
  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[2]:
      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


fuck up (plural fuck ups)

  1. Alternative spelling of fuckup