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noun mess pronunciation in British English /mes/
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  1. 1
    [countable/uncountable] a situation in which a place is dirty or untidy
    Your room is a mess; please pick up your toys.
    ‘What a mess!’ she said, looking at the kitchen.
    make a mess: Try not to make a mess because I’ve been cleaning.
    in a mess: His papers were in a terrible mess.
    1. a.
      [countable] something that has been accidentally dropped or carelessly left, so that it makes a place look dirty
      I cleaned up the mess with a napkin.
      There was a sticky mess on the kitchen floor.
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    2. b.
      [singular] someone or something that looks dirty, untidy, or in bad condition
      Look at you – you’re a mess!
      Mark’s jeans were a mess by the time he finished painting.
  2. 2
    [singular] a difficult situation with a lot of problems, especially because people have made mistakes
    an economic mess
    be in a mess: The company was in a complete mess when she took over.
    get into a mess: I don’t know how we got into this mess.
    get someone into a mess: You got me into this mess in the first place.
  3. 3
    [singular] informal someone who is so nervous or who has so many problems that they cannot have a normal life
    I was a complete mess after the divorce.
  4. 5
    [countable/uncountable] solid waste from an animal



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