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To make a mistake, or to do something badly - thesaurus

Synonyms

mess up

to make a mistake, or to do something badly

blunder

verb

to make a careless or embarrassing mistake

slip up

to make a careless mistake

err

verb

formal to make a mistake, especially in a judgment or decision

get something wrong

to make a mistake about something

trip up

to make a mistake, or to cause someone to make a mistake

foul up

to do something wrong, or to spoil something, especially by making mistakes

fall short

to not reach a particular level or to fail to achieve something that you were trying to do

stumble

verb

to make a mistake when you are trying to achieve something

miss

verb

to fail to hit or reach something that you aim at

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balls up

to do something very badly and make a lot of mistakes

be miles out

to make a guess or calculation that is completely wrong

blunder

verb

to move or progress in a careless way, making mistakes or creating problems as you go

bodge

verb

Britishinformal to do something badly, especially to make or repair something badly because you do not have enough time or the right materials to do it properly

boob

verb

Britishinformal to make a stupid or embarrassing mistake

botch

verb

informal to do something very badly or carelessly

bugger up

Britishimpolite to spoil something or do something badly

bungle

verb

to spoil something by doing it very badly

burn your fingers

to have a bad experience when something such as a relationship or a business deal goes wrong

cock up

to spoil something by doing it wrongly

confuse

verb

to think wrongly that a person or thing is someone or something else

excel yourself

humorous used when someone has in fact done even worse than they usually do

flub

verb

Americaninformal to make a mistake or do something badly

fluff

verb

informal to do something badly

fool around with

to handle or use something in a stupid or careless way

fuck up

offensive an extremely offensive expression that means to make a serious mistake, or to fail completely

fumble

verb

to say something in a way that is not skilful or effective

go astray

to become lost or go to the wrong place

go astray

to go wrong or do something wrong

goof

verb

mainly American to make a stupid mistake

hash up

to do something very badly

hit/miss the mark

to achieve/not achieve the result that you intended

learn the hard way

to learn how to do something by trying to do it and making a lot of mistakes

let down

to work less hard or make more mistakes than the people who you are working with

let (it) slip

to tell someone something that is secret by mistake

let the side down

informal to work less hard or to make more mistakes than the people who you are working with

lose your touch

to not be as successful at doing something as you were before

louse up

to do something badly

make a botch of something

informal to do something badly or carelessly

make a good/bad job of (doing) something

to do something well or badly

make a hash of something

to do something very badly or with very bad results

make a Horlicks of something

to make a lot of mistakes when you are doing something. People say this to avoid saying ‘make a bollocks of something’.

make a mess of (doing) something

to make a lot of mistakes when you are doing or dealing with something

make a pig’s ear of something

to do something very badly

mangle

verb

to say, write, or perform words or music so badly that it is hard to recognize them

miscalculate

verb

to make a mistake in calculating numbers

misdiagnose

verb

to be wrong about what illness someone has

misdirect

verb

to use something wrongly or for the wrong purpose

mishandle

verb

to handle an object carelessly

mishandle

verb

to deal with a situation or process badly or without enough care

misjudge

verb

to make an incorrect calculation

misquote

verb

to report wrongly what someone said or wrote

misread

verb

to read something wrongly

mistake for

to think that a person or thing is someone or something else

mistime

verb

to do something at the wrong time with the result that you are not successful

mix up

to think that one person or thing is another person or thing

muck up

to not deal with something well or skilfully so that you do not achieve what you intended

muddle

verb

to think that someone or something is another person or thing as a result of a mistake

muff

verb

informal to do something badly

murder

verb

informal to do something so badly that you spoil it completely

overplay your hand

to believe you are in a stronger situation or position than you really are and fail as a result

overshoot

verb

to accidentally pass the place where you should have stopped

play (right/straight) into someone’s hands

to do something that helps someone who you are competing against

put up a good/poor show

to do something well/badly

screw up

very informal to make a serious mistake, or to spoil something, especially a situation

shoot yourself in the foot

to say or do something stupid that causes you trouble

speak/talk out of turn

to say something that you should not say because you have no right to say it or because it upsets someone

stray

verb

to move away from the correct place or path

stumble

verb

to make a mistake when you are speaking

succeed

verb

used for saying that someone’s actions have a negative result that is the opposite of what they intended

to err is human

formal used for saying that it is natural for people to sometimes make mistakes

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