screw up
verb Date: 1680 transitive verb 1. to tighten, fasten, or lock by or as if by a screw 2. a. bungle, botch b. to cause to act or function in a crazy or confused way ; confound, disturb intransitive verb to botch an activity or undertaking

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  • screw up — {v. phr.}, {slang}, {semi vulgar}, {best avoided} 1. To make a mess of, to make an error which causes confusion. * /The treasurer screwed up the accounts of the Society so badly that he had to be fired./ 2. To cause someone to be neurotic or… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • screw up — {v. phr.}, {slang}, {semi vulgar}, {best avoided} 1. To make a mess of, to make an error which causes confusion. * /The treasurer screwed up the accounts of the Society so badly that he had to be fired./ 2. To cause someone to be neurotic or… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • screw up — (something) to spoil or damage something. You couldn t screw up much worse than I did. Somehow the lawyer screwed up my appointment again. This is detailed work, and people screw it up once in a while …   New idioms dictionary

  • screw-up — noun count usually singular INFORMAL a situation in which someone makes a big mistake: There s been a big screw up with the mailing list no one s received the invitations. another government screw up …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • screw up — ► screw up 1) crush into a tight mass. 2) informal cause to fail or go wrong. 3) informal make emotionally or mentally disturbed. 4) summon up (one s courage). Main Entry: ↑screw …   English terms dictionary

  • screw up — [v] make a mess of blow, bobble, bollix*, botch, bungle, confuse, flub*, foul up, goof*, goof up*, louse, make hash of*, mess, mess up, mishandle, mismanage, muck up*, muddle, muff, queer, snafu*, spoil; concept 101 Ant. succeed …   New thesaurus

  • screw-up — ☆ screw up or screwup [skro͞o′up΄ ] n. Informal 1. a serious mistake; blunder; mess 2. a person who screws up * * * …   Universalium

  • screw up — (someone) to confuse or hurt someone. She really screwed him up when she left him. Their parents divorce really screwed up the kids …   New idioms dictionary

  • screw-up — ☆ screw up or screwup [skro͞o′up΄ ] n. Informal 1. a serious mistake; blunder; mess 2. a person who screws up …   English World dictionary

  • screw|up — «SKROO UHP», noun. U.S. Slang. something botched up; foul up …   Useful english dictionary

  • screw up — verb 1. make more intense (Freq. 1) Emotions were screwed up • Syn: ↑heat up, ↑hot up • Hypernyms: ↑intensify, ↑compound, ↑heighten, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

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