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screw up

1. verb To make a big mistake or blunder; to mishandle or ruin something. I'm sorry, I really screwed up. Please forgive me! Wow, it looks like they really screwed up this time.
2. verb To ruin, damage, or mishandle something, especially inadvertently. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "screw" and "up." I can't believe you screwed that deal up! I screwed up my computer somehow—could you come take a look at it?
3. verb To damage or confuse someone's emotional or mental state. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "screw" and "up." Living with abusive parents really screwed him up. The divorce screwed me up for a long time.
4. verb To interfere with someone or their ability to do something. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "screw" and "up." I have to concentrate while I do this, so please don't talk and screw me up!
5. noun A huge mistake, blunder, or mishandling. In this usage, the phrase is usually hyphenated or spelled as one word. Another screwup like that and you're fired! I don't care whose screw-up it was—just fix it!
6. noun A person who is prone to making big mistakes or blunders; someone who can't get anything right. In this usage, the phrase is usually hyphenated or spelled as one word. The way I see it, if you treat someone like a screwup their entire life, they're going to eventually become one. I can't believe he married such a screw-up like that.
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screwed up

informal
1. Not functioning or operating properly; damaged or injured. Hey, would you mind having a look at my computer? It's really screwed up. My arm is still screwed up from the car accident. I can't even lift it above my head.
2. In disorder, confusion, or ruin; mishandled or bungled. The deal got all screwed up at the last minute. Sorry, the drawing got a little screwed up there at the end.
3. Morally repugnant or objectionable; awful. Your boss fired you just because you didn't compliment his tie? That's screwed up. Dude, this is screwed up—someone's going to get killed! No way I can be a part of this.
4. Having a confused mental state. A: "I'm all screwed up from this new medication my doctor gave me." B: "Yeah, I'll say. You kept dozing off and muttering something about a bee with a rainbow umbrella."
5. Emotionally or psychologically unstable, as due to trauma, anguish, distress, etc. This usage can be considered derogatory. Believe me, you're not the only soldier to come back from the war feeling totally screwed up. Have you seen a psychiatrist or anything?
6. Of one's face or eyes, contracted into a contorted expression, especially one of disgust, annoyance, displeasure, etc. The girl's face became screwed up as soon as the plate of broccoli was set down in front of her. I stepped out of the cave, my eyes screwed up from the brilliant light of the sun.
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screwed up

Inf. ruined; messed up. This is a really screwed up schedule. Let's start over again. Your schedule is completely screwed up.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

screwed up

mod. ruined; messed up. This is a really screwed up schedule. Let’s start over again.
See also: screw, up
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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