Definition of "foul-up" [foul-up]

  • A condition of confusion caused by mistakes or poor judgment. (noun)
  • A mechanical failure. (noun)

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Use "foul-up" in a sentence
  • "Flakes melted onto wet streets as snowplows – some equipped with global positioning devices since the blizzard foul-up – and salt spreaders sat idle in neighborhoods all over the city."
  • "Flakes melted onto wet streets as snowplows — some equipped with global positioning devices since the blizzard foul-up — and salt spreaders sat idle in neighborhoods all over the city."
  • "As a young BBC producer in the mid-1980s, I once wrote him a note to apologize for a foul-up that had left him hanging around a studio, wasting time."