You make a mess of them

At a hardware store

Woman: What are you doing. Don’t do that. You’ll destroy the shelves.
Man: Destroy?
Woman: Yes, you’ll destroy the shelves. You make a mess of them.
Man: Oh, I don’t want to make a mess of the shelves.
Man: I just want to try this electric saw.
Woman: Well, unplug the drill and plug the saw in.


You make a mess of them.

What does “You make a mess of them” mean in this dialogue?

Does it mean “You destroy them” or something else?

Thank you

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Well, if the man really uses the electric saw, he will destroy the shelves, causing disorder.


Thank you so much, Torsten :rose:

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