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cock-up

(kŏk′ŭp′)
n. Chiefly British Slang
A blunder; a mess.
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Translations

cock-up

n (Brit) (fam) → casino
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But I'm afraid talking about "taking people out" in Afghanistan was a cock-up too far.
Luckily the CSP have a Hedgehog in the Ministry Of Cock-Ups, we can't afford a Mole.
As Foreign Secretary, he was no better than President Donald Trump with his blunders and cock-ups.
Watford added to their dossier of costly cock-ups in the 2-2 draw at Everton on Monday, when the home side's opener should have been ruled offside and Yerry Mina was lucky to escape a second yellow card.
But what about strikes, volcanoes, cancellations and cock-ups, I hear you ask?
Other problems we experience/ discuss: uncomfortable seats; dirty buses; passengers had to transfer from an X1 to a 1 at Bishop Auckland when the former's fire alarm sounded in error - and wouldn't switch off; ticket machine cock-ups; passengers told eg "can you push the doors - the light hasn't gone off?"; and late/speeding drivers.
It was inspired by Nadia's frustration at her friends' kitchen cock-ups and includes recipes for meals like halloumi courgetti spaghetti and sticky sausage and onion bake.
A 5-0 home defeat featured goalkeeping cock-ups, defensive howlers, injuries, and a row - or "debate" as the club's official website sweetly describes it - between new forwards James Vaughan and Lewis Grabban over who was going to take a penalty.
THERE have been so many cock-ups and "conspiracies", it feels more like 100 years (Trump's First 100 Days, BBC1, Monday).
WHEN TV Goes Horribly Wrong placing whimsical cock-ups like Olly Murs fluffing
Highlights and lowlights, adventures and cock-ups, beauties and beasts, wonders and wash-outs, all illustrated with a special selection of photos and footage shot during the eight BBC TV travel series that began with Around The World in Eighty Days.
It's one of the few clean one-liners in a show that elevates so-so acting skills into an art-form and turns any cock-ups to its own advantage.