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Your room is a mess; please pick up your toys.
'What a mess!' she said, looking at the kitchen.
Try not to make a mess because I've been cleaning.
His papers were in a terrible mess.
I cleaned up the mess with a napkin.
There was a sticky mess on the kitchen floor.
Look at you – you're a mess!
Mark's jeans were a mess by the time he finished painting.
an economic mess
The company was in a complete mess when she took over.
I don't know how we got into this mess.
You got me into this mess in the first place.
I was a complete mess after the divorce.
Tom felt he had made a mess of his life.
That wine has made a real mess of the carpet.
This is the British English definition of mess. View American English definition of mess.