Green’s Dictionary of Slang

fuck up v.

[ext. use of fuck v. (2)]

1. to ruin, to destroy; to make a mess of; thus fucker-up n., that which ruins or destroys.

[UK](con. 1916) F. Manning Her Privates We (1986) 51: And they’ll call up all the women / When they’ve fucked up all the men.
[US]H. Miller Roofs of Paris (1983) 248: You and Sid are going to fuck up everything.
[US]J. Blake letter 21 June in Joint (1972) 22: I pointed out to him that he and his shillelah had put the heat on but good and fucked me up for fair.
[US]L. Bruce Essential Lenny Bruce 273: Dallas fucks up everything.
[UK]P. Larkin ‘This Be the Verse’ in Coll. Poems (1988) 180: They fuck you up, your mum and dad.
[US]C. Hiaasen Tourist Season (1987) 25: You’re fucking up on a regular basis.
[US]L. Stringer Grand Central Winter (1999) 167: He fucks up my high.
[UK]Observer Rev. 9 Jan. 2: You fucked up the act!
[US](con. 1973) C. Stella Johnny Porno 146: You’re twenny-three years old. You got plenny time to fuck up your life.

2. to confuse, to confound.

[US] in T. Shibutani Derelicts of Company K (1978) 133: In another circle the conversation took on a similar tone: [...] ‘I’ll bet that fuckin’ CO stays awake every night tryin’ to think up some new way to fuck us up.’.
[US]L. Bruce Essential Lenny Bruce 17: As long as we [...] fuck up Boss Charley.
[Aus] in K. Gilbert Living Black 145: Well, I can fuck a man up, a white man or a lawyer or a judge.
[Ire]R. Doyle Commitments 72: Hash is out, said Jimmy [...] It fucks up your head.
[US]T. Willocks Green River Rising 83: I’d’ve known ’bout it I would have fucked him up for sure.

3. to blunder, to make a mistake.

N. Mailer letter 30 Apr. in Selected Letters (2014) 17: If you do something wrong or make a botch of a job it is called ‘fucking-up’.
[US]H. Ellison ‘With a Knife in her Hand’ in Deadly Streets (1983) 127: Now, don’t nobody fuck up or I’ll smack a coupla heads.
[US]C. Brown Manchild in the Promised Land (1969) 144: He didn’t stay there long, because he kept fucking up, right and left.
[US]G.V. Higgins Friends of Eddie Coyle (1973) 41: We don’t plan to hurt you or anybody else, unless somebody fucks up.
[US]M. Baker Nam (1982) 14: I hope you fuck up. I hate you Puerto Rican cocksuckers.
[UK]Indep. Rev. 9 July 14: I kept fucking up for 20 years because I was nervous.
[UK]N. Griffiths Grits 114: Shur, yeh, we all fuck up oncer twice, bu’ sumtimes just once’s enough te ruin yer ole fuckin life so ut is.
[UK]D. O’Donnell Locked Ward (2013) 310: ‘Oh, you’ve fucked up good this time,’ whispered John.
[US]S. King Finders Keepers (2016) 359: ‘That’s great.’ ‘It will be if I don’t fuck it up’.

4. (US black) to fool around.

[US](con. 1985–90) P. Bourjois In Search of Respect 225: Man, you fucked up on me.

5. (US black) to waste.

[US]S.A. Williams ‘Tell Martha Not to Moan’ in Cade Black Woman (1970) 52: Baby, you done fucked up fifty dollars on nonessentials.

6. (orig. US black) to hurt, to injure, to kill.

[US] ‘Badman Dan and Two-Gun Green’ in D. Wepman et al. Life (1976) 129: Well, I’ll fuck you up with a cause. / I’ll fuck your whore and make you drop your drawers.
[UK]J. Carr Bad (1995) 68: They picked up the bats [...] went after a knot of guards, and fucked them up bad.
[UK]M. Thelwell Harder They Come 246: When I have to fuck up a man, I doan smoke no weed that day, y’know.
[US]Tarantino & Avery Pulp Fiction [film script] 12: Marsellus fucked his ass up good.
[US](con. 1970s) G. Pelecanos King Suckerman (1998) 88: Ronald had to fuck a couple of them up.
[US]G. Pelecanos Drama City 103: He didn’t talking about [...] fucking dudes up, killing bitches in the bed.
[US]A. Steinberg Running the Books 170: If they caught you out of line, man, they’d fuck you up.

7. to cause problems for someone.

[UK]N. Dunn Poor Cow 117: Right fuck you, I’ll fuck you up one day.
[US]G.V. Higgins Friends of Eddie Coyle (1973) 20: Never trust a goddamned nigger [...] They’ll fuck you up every time.
[US]C. Stroud Close Pursuit (1988) 92: You want to fuck them [i.e. a street gang] up a little, Eddie? Bet you [...] they got their tools on them.
[UK]N. Barlay Curvy Lovebox 6: There’s cabs everywhere fuckin’ each other up.
[UK]N. Barlay Hooky Gear 45: Our Client is free to sell your property and fuck you up.

8. to make drunk or drugged; usu. as fucked up adj. (3)

9. to infect with a venereal disease.

[US]L. Pettiway Workin’ It 174: Told you this whole motherfucking projects had to go to the clinic. I tell them I had an infection. I mess with this one and he got a girlfriend. I done fucked up that whole building.

10. to go wrong, to malfunction, to break down.

[Aus]L. Davies Candy 55: She told them the job had fucked up, that the guy had got freaked and cancelled.

In phrases

fuck up someone’s pussy (v.)

see under pussy n.