ADJ. absolute, complete, real, right, total | appalling, awful, bloody (taboo), nasty, terrible | confusing | tangled, untidy Her hair was a tangled mess. | gooey, slimy, soggy, sticky | emotional He's an emotional mess since his girlfriend left him. | economic, financial
VERB + MESS leave, make Must you always leave such a mess? She felt she was making a terrible mess of her life. | clean up, clear up, tidy up, wipe up | feel I felt a mess. | look | create, get sb into Who got us into this mess in the first place? | deal with, get sb out of, sort out
PREP. in a ~ The kitchen's in an awful mess. | ~ of There was a soggy mess of porridge on the table.