cock something up


cock something up
ˌcock sthˈup derived
(BrE, slang) to ruin sth by doing it badly, or by making a careless or stupid mistake
Syn: bungle

I really cocked that exam up!

She cocked up all the arrangements for the party.

related noun cock-up
Main entry:cockderived

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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