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balls-up

(ˈbɔːlʌp) or

ballup

n
something botched or muddled
vb
(tr, adverb) to muddle or botch
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Noun1.balls-up - something badly botched or muddledballs-up - something badly botched or muddled  
error, fault, mistake - a wrong action attributable to bad judgment or ignorance or inattention; "he made a bad mistake"; "she was quick to point out my errors"; "I could understand his English in spite of his grammatical faults"
Britain, Great Britain, U.K., UK, United Kingdom, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland - a monarchy in northwestern Europe occupying most of the British Isles; divided into England and Scotland and Wales and Northern Ireland; `Great Britain' is often used loosely to refer to the United Kingdom
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Translations

balls-up

[ˈbɔːlzʌp] ball-up [ˈbɔːlʌp] (US) Ncagada f
he made a balls-up of the joblo jodió todo
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balls-up

, (esp US) ball up
n (inf)Durcheinander nt; he made a complete balls-up of the jober hat bei der Arbeit totale Scheiße gebaut (sl); the repair was a balls-up!das war vielleicht eine Scheißreparatur! (inf)
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Any help we can give officials would be a bonus, although we'd miss the manager's rants and pub arguments if referees and assistants didn't make constant balls-ups.
However, I suspect the perfectionist in him will find it harder to forget the weekend's balls-ups.
Because there's nothing funnier than watching the Beeb squirm after another of its trademark balls-ups.
The disc contains a whole host of howlers, including balls-ups from such as Ryan Giggs, Freddie Ljungberg, Patrick Kluivert and Peter Schmeichel.
"You cannot get into the line of thinking that you are going to give the ground as what it might be in two or three hours time or, quite frankly, I would make even bigger balls-ups, but I couldn't convince him.
THIS time last year The Apprentice "starred" a bungling Brummie called Ruth Badger whose bull-in-a-china-shop balls-ups were causing most of the laughs as Sir Alan Sugar continued his hilarious search for a loser.