a mess of something

American spoken
a lot of something

She had a whole mess of dolls in her bedroom.


English dictionary. 2014.

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  • mess with (something) — 1. to take apart or fix something complicated esp. in order to learn more about how it works. I enjoy messing with computers the way some folks get pleasure from rebuilding old cars. 2. to change something in a way that is likely to cause harm.… …   New idioms dictionary

  • mess with something — ˈmess with sb/sth derived (usually used in negative sentences) to get involved with sb/sth that may be harmful • I wouldn t mess with him if I were you. • Don t mess with fireworks. Main entry: ↑messderived …   Useful english dictionary

  • (a) mess of something — a mess of something american spoken phrase a lot of something She had a whole mess of dolls in her bedroom. Thesaurus: large quantities or amountssynonym large amounts or quantities of a specific kindhyponym Main entry …   Useful english dictionary

  • (a) mess of something — a mess of (something) American, informal a lot of something. He picked up a mess of keys and handed me one …   New idioms dictionary

  • make a mess of (something) — 1. to spoil something or do it very badly. Our bank seems to have made a mess of our loan documents. 2. to cause a lot of damage to a place. Violent storms are making a mess of the Midwest …   New idioms dictionary

  • make a mess of something — to make something look dirty or untidy That wine has made a real mess of the carpet …   English dictionary

  • make a mess of something — …   Useful english dictionary

  • mess — mess1 S2 [mes] n ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(dirty/untidy)¦ 2¦(problems/difficulties)¦ 3 make a mess of (doing) something 4¦(person)¦ 5 a mess of something 6¦(army/navy)¦ 7¦(waste substance)¦ ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ [Date: 1200 1300; : Old French; Origin: mes …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • mess — mess1 [ mes ] noun ** ▸ 1 when someone/something is dirty ▸ 2 when there are problems ▸ 3 someone with problems ▸ 4 solid waste from animal ▸ 5 mess hall ▸ + PHRASES 1. ) count or uncount a situation in which a place is dirty or not neat: Your… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • mess up — verb 1. make a mess of, destroy or ruin (Freq. 1) I botched the dinner and we had to eat out the pianist screwed up the difficult passage in the second movement • Syn: ↑botch, ↑bodge, ↑bumble, ↑fumble, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

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