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    Default offensive phrasal verb.

    Hello.

    Today I have heard a offensive phrasal verb: On person said "Sorry, guys. I really f*cked up it". I have never heard this phrase. I know the meaning of the words. But I didn't understand his phrase and therefore I didn't know how to react. Are there other phrasal verb like this? Or is not a phrasal verb?

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    Default Re: offensive phrasal verb.

    Language!
    Right, that person definitely knows how to sound offensive, but they don't seem to know anything about proper grammar. You always put a pronoun between the verb and the particle, so you get f**k it up, not f**k up it. As for the meaning - it's like saying that you did something badly.

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    I would go further than just "did something badly".

    "I f*cked it up/I scr*wed it up" are ruder/more offensive versions of "I messed it up". It's more like "I really messed it up, probably beyond any chance of recovery!"
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    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I would go further than just "did something badly".
    Oh yes, I meant to add that it's a very strong, or emphatic, way of saying that someone did something badly, but I just forgot

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    Default Re: offensive phrasal verb.

    If you do use this verb, please get the word order right with a pronoun- the way the speaker said it would sound really weird.

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    It was my mistake. I wrote pretty quickly.
    Please, correct all my mistakes. I should know English perfectly and if you show me my mistakes I will achieve my dream a little bit faster. A lot of thanks.

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    Default Re: offensive phrasal verb.

    Quote Originally Posted by Boris Tatarenko View Post
    It was my mistake. I wrote pretty quickly.
    Yes, Boris; you f*cked it up.

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    Default Re: offensive phrasal verb.

    Quote Originally Posted by engee30 View Post
    Language!
    Right, that person definitely knows how to sound offensive, but they don't seem to know anything about proper grammar. You always put a pronoun between the verb and the particle, so you get f**k it up, not f**k up it. As for the meaning - it's like saying that you did something badly.
    You are correct, if you use a pronoun. The expression is possible, though less common, without. You could just say, I f**ked up".

    For the (1939-45) war generation of men and women in the armed services, there was an acronym SNAFU: situation normal - all f**ked up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post

    For the (1939-45) war generation of men and women in the armed services, there was an acronym SNAFU: situation normal - all f**ked up.
    And for the 1980s generation of filmgoers, I believe it was Lethal Weapon which used the acronym "FUBAR" (pronouced Foobar) - f*cked up beyond all recognition.
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    Default Re: offensive phrasal verb.

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    And for the 1980s generation of filmgoers, I believe it was Lethal Weapon which used the acronym "FUBAR" (pronouced Foobar) - f*cked up beyond all recognition.
    An acronym I have frequently seen used in connection with the current UK govenment. (Just saying

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