fuck up v.
1. to ruin, to destroy; to make a mess of; thus fucker-up n., that which ruins or destroys.
|(con. 1916) Her Privates We (1986) 51: And they’ll call up all the women / When they’ve fucked up all the men.|
|Roofs of Paris (1983) 248: You and Sid are going to fuck up everything.|
|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.letter 21 June in|
|Essential Lenny Bruce 273: Dallas fucks up everything.|
|Coll. Poems (1988) 180: They fuck you up, your mum and dad.‘This Be the Verse’ in|
|Tourist Season (1987) 25: You’re fucking up on a regular basis.|
|Crosskill [ebook] ‘[Y]ou could fuck up’.|
|Grand Central Winter (1999) 167: He fucks up my high.|
|Observer Rev. 9 Jan. 2: You fucked up the act!|
|(con. 1973) Johnny Porno 146: You’re twenny-three years old. You got plenny time to fuck up your life.|
|Kill Shot [ebook] He’d want to fuck up Tremayne’s plans.|
2. to confuse, to confound.
|in 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.’.|
|Essential Lenny Bruce 17: As long as we [...] fuck up Boss Charley.|
|in Living Black 145: Well, I can fuck a man up, a white man or a lawyer or a judge.|
|Commitments 72: Hash is out, said Jimmy [...] It fucks up your head.|
|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.
|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’.|
|Deadly Streets (1983) 127: Now, don’t nobody fuck up or I’ll smack a coupla heads.‘With a Knife in her Hand’ in|
|Manchild in the Promised Land (1969) 144: He didn’t stay there long, because he kept fucking up, right and left.|
|Friends of Eddie Coyle 44: We don’t plan to hurt you or anybody else, unless somebody fucks up.|
|Nam (1982) 14: I hope you fuck up. I hate you Puerto Rican cocksuckers.|
|Paydirt [ebook] ‘Looks like the boss fucked up’.|
|Indep. Rev. 9 July 14: I kept fucking up for 20 years because I was nervous.|
|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.|
|Locked Ward (2013) 310: ‘Oh, you’ve fucked up good this time,’ whispered John.|
|Finders Keepers (2016) 359: ‘That’s great.’ ‘It will be if I don’t fuck it up’.|
4. (US black) to fool around.
|(con. 1985–90) In Search of Respect 225: Man, you fucked up on me.|
5. (US black) to waste.
|Black Woman (1970) 52: Baby, you done fucked up fifty dollars on nonessentials.‘Tell Martha Not to Moan’ in Cade|
6. (orig. US black) to hurt, to injure, to kill.
|‘Badman Dan and Two-Gun Green’ in Life (1976) 129: Well, I’ll fuck you up with a cause. / I’ll fuck your whore and make you drop your drawers.et al.|
|Bad (1995) 68: They picked up the bats [...] went after a knot of guards, and fucked them up bad.|
|Harder They Come 246: When I have to fuck up a man, I doan smoke no weed that day, y’know.|
|Pulp Fiction [film script] 12: Marsellus fucked his ass up good.|
|(con. 1970s) King Suckerman (1998) 88: Ronald had to fuck a couple of them up.|
|Drama City 103: He didn’t talking about [...] fucking dudes up, killing bitches in the bed.|
|Running the Books 170: If they caught you out of line, man, they’d fuck you up.|
|Scrublands [ebook] Fucked him up completely. Never got over it.|
7. to cause problems for someone.
|Poor Cow 117: Right fuck you, I’ll fuck you up one day.|
|Friends of Eddie Coyle 21: Never trust a goddamned nigger [...] They’ll fuck you up every time.|
|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.|
|Curvy Lovebox 6: There’s cabs everywhere fuckin’ each other up.|
|Hooky Gear 45: Our Client is free to sell your property and fuck you up.|
|Cherry 17: She gave head to Mark Fuller [...] It fucked me up when I found out.|
8. to make drunk or drugged; usu. as fucked up adj. (3)
9. to infect with a venereal disease.
|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.
|Candy 55: She told them the job had fucked up, that the guy had got freaked and cancelled.|
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