balls up v.
to make a mess of, to ruin, to blunder, to make a mistake.
|Freeland Tribune (PA) 2 Aug. 2/2: If a person feels a little peckish [...] he forthwith chucks into his interior a gob of the indigestible stuff [...] to appease for the moment the yearn for something to eat, but at the same time balls up his internal mechanism.|
|Washington Times (DC) 28 July 6/1: His aggressive campaign [...] ‘mars the symettery and balls up the efficiency’ of the Postoffice Department.|
|(con. 1920s) Studs Lonigan (1936) 650: I’ve been balling myself all up with my system of handicapping.Judgement Day in|
|For the Rest of Our Lives 112: If only they haven’t ballsed up the bomb-line we gave them.|
|Poor Cow 129: I’d fuck meself up talking, I always get ballsed up talking to the upper classes.|
|Last Seen Wearing in Second Inspector Morse Omnibus (1994) 515: It’s some clown of a sergeant who’s ballsed the whole thing up.|
|Day of the Dog 161: He ballsed it up.|
|You Wouldn’t Be Dead for Quids (1989) 201: Colette really...ballsed things up in her own funny sort of way.|
|Dict. of Invective (1991) 31: To bollix up, which is the same as the newer ball up (foul up, or balls-up in British English).|
|Guardian Sport 18 Sept. 16: To make sure that Man. U. qualify for the knockout even if they balls up the group stage.|
|Guardian G2 19 Aug. 9: The first time I knew you, I really ballsed it up, didn’t I?|
|Birthday 97: The traffic was flowing like water, not a hitch anywhere, so what about another one-way system, to balls it all up?|
|Gutted 235: Gus, we have a chance here [...] Let’s not balls it up.|
|Tales of the Honey Badger [ebook] I was so focused on not ballsing things up.|