bollix

vulgar slang
verb (usu. bollix something up) bungle (a task).
1》 [treated as plural] variant spelling of bollocks.
2》 [treated as sing.] Irish a foolish or contemptible man.

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  • bollix — bungle, respelling (euphemistic?) of bollocks, pl. of bollock testicle, from O.E. beallucas testicles, from P.Gmc. *ball , from PIE *bhel (2) to inflate, swell (see BOLE (Cf. bole)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • bollix — ☆ bollix [bäl′iks] vt. [euphemistic respelling of nautical slang < ME ballokes < OE beallucas, testicles (akin to BALL1), used as an extension of BALL ] Slang to make a muddle of; bungle; botch: usually with up …   English World dictionary

  • bollix — transitive verb Etymology: alteration of ballocks, plural of ballock testis, from Middle English, from Old English bealluc more at ball Date: 1937 to throw into disorder; also bungle usually used with up • bollix noun …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • bollix up — Synonyms and related words: ball up, bollix, bugger, bugger up, confound, confuse, cook, foul up, fumble, garble, gum up, hash up, jumble, louse up, mess up, mix up, muck up, muddle, pi, play hell with, play hob with, queer, riffle, scramble,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • bollix — verb make a mess of, destroy or ruin I botched the dinner and we had to eat out the pianist screwed up the difficult passage in the second movement • Syn: ↑botch, ↑bodge, ↑bumble, ↑fumble, ↑botch up, ↑muff, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • bollix up — verb make a mess of, destroy or ruin I botched the dinner and we had to eat out the pianist screwed up the difficult passage in the second movement • Syn: ↑botch, ↑bodge, ↑bumble, ↑fumble, ↑botch up, ↑muff, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • bollix — /bol iks/, v.t. Informal. 1. to do (something) badly; bungle (often fol. by up): His interference bollixed up the whole deal. n. 2. a confused bungle. Also, bolix, bollox. [1930 35; var. of BALLOCKS] * * * …   Universalium

  • bollix — 1. verb a) to confuse b) to botch or bungle 2. noun a) confusion b) …   Wiktionary

  • bollix — Everyday English Slang in Ireland n alt spelling of below …   English dialects glossary

  • bollix up — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) v. informal, frustrate, defeat; baffle; botch. See hindrance, error. II (Roget s Thesaurus II) verb Informal. To harm irreparably through inept handling; make a mess: ball up, blunder, boggle, botch,… …   English dictionary for students

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