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    #1

    cock-up

    Hello,

    In the sentence below, what do the words in bold mean?

    I don't need you breathing down my neck for your cock-ups.

    Thanks in advance

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    #2

    Re: cock-up

    Breathing down [someone's] neck means closely monitoring and criticizing them.

    Cock-up (vulgar) means mistake or error. Almost any obscene word followed by up denotes an error. e.g. screw up, dick up, sh*t up, and the queen mother: fu*k up.

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    #3

    Re: cock-up

    I believe cock up is chiefly British, but fu*k up is definitely American.


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