foul-up

[foul-up] {n.} (stress on "foul") 1. {informal} A confusedsituation; confusion; mistake.

The luncheon was handled with onlyone or two foul-ups.

2. {informal} A breakdown.

There was afoul-up in his car's steering mechanism.

3. {slang} A person whofouls up or mixes things.

He had gotten a reputation as a foul-up.