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screwup

[skroo-uhp] /ˈskruˌʌp/
noun, Slang.
1.
a mistake or blunder:
The package was delayed through an addressing screwup.
2.
a habitual blunderer.
Also, screw-up.
Origin
1955-1960
1955-60; Americanism; noun use of verb phrase screw up

screw

[skroo] /skru/
noun
1.
a metal fastener having a tapered shank with a helical thread, and topped with a slotted head, driven into wood or the like by rotating, especially by means of a screwdriver.
2.
a threaded cylindrical pin or rod with a head at one end, engaging a threaded hole and used either as a fastener or as a simple machine for applying power, as in a clamp, jack, etc.
Compare bolt1 (def 3).
3.
British. a tapped or threaded hole.
4.
something having a spiral form.
6.
Usually, screws. physical or mental coercion:
The terrified debtor soon felt the gangster's screws.
7.
a single turn of a screw.
8.
a twist, turn, or twisting movement.
9.
Chiefly British.
  1. a little salt, sugar, tobacco, etc., carried in a twist of paper.
  2. Slang. a mean, old, or worn-out horse; a horse from which one can obtain no further service.
  3. Slang. a friend or employer from whom one can obtain no more money.
  4. Slang. a miser.
10.
British Informal. salary; wages.
11.
Slang. a prison guard.
12.
Slang: Vulgar.
  1. an act of coitus.
  2. a person viewed as a sexual partner.
verb (used with object)
13.
to fasten, tighten, force, press, stretch tight, etc., by or as if by means of a screw or device operated by a screw or helical threads.
14.
to operate or adjust by a screw, as a press.
15.
to attach with a screw or screws:
to screw a bracket to a wall.
16.
to insert, fasten, undo, or work (a screw, bolt, nut, bottle top with a helical thread, etc.) by turning.
17.
to contort as by twisting; distort (often followed by up):
Dad screwed his face into a grimace of disgust.
18.
to cause to become sufficiently strong or intense (usually followed by up):
I screwed up my courage to ask for a raise.
19.
to coerce or threaten.
20.
to extract or extort.
21.
to force (a seller) to lower a price (often followed by down).
22.
Slang. to cheat or take advantage of (someone).
23.
Slang: Vulgar. to have coitus with.
verb (used without object)
24.
to turn as or like a screw.
25.
to be adapted for being connected, taken apart, opened, or closed by means of a screw or screws or parts with helical threads (usually followed by on, together, or off):
This top screws on easily.
26.
to turn or move with a twisting or rotating motion.
27.
to practice extortion.
28.
Slang: Vulgar. to have coitus.
Verb phrases
29.
screw around, Slang.
  1. to waste time in foolish or frivolous activity:
    If you'd stop screwing around we could get this job done.
  2. Vulgar. to engage in promiscuous sex.
30.
screw off, Slang.
  1. to do nothing; loaf.
  2. to leave; go away.
31.
screw up, Slang.
  1. to ruin through bungling or stupidity:
    Somehow the engineers screwed up the entire construction project.
  2. to make a botch of something; blunder:
    Sorry, I guess I screwed up.
  3. to make confused, anxious, or neurotic:
    Losing your job can really screw you up.
Idioms
32.
have a screw loose, Slang. to be eccentric or neurotic; have crazy ideas:
You must have a screw loose to keep so many cats.
33.
have one’s head screwed on right/straight. head (def 67).
34.
put the screws on, to compel by exerting pressure on; use coercion on; force:
They kept putting the screws on him for more money.
Origin
1375-1425; late Middle English scrwe, screw(e) (noun); compare Middle French escro(ue) nut, Middle Dutch schrûve, Middle High German schrûbe screw
Related forms
screwable, adjective
screwer, noun
screwless, adjective
screwlike, adjective
Synonyms
20. wring, wrest, force, exact, squeeze.
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Examples for screw up
  • The other thing to realize is that you really can't screw up.
  • The fear is that they will somehow screw up the team's mojo.
  • Their employees cannot be fired, no matter how badly they screw up.
  • Fortunately, they are not in a car when they screw up their course work.
  • It's not about how you act, it's about who you run to when you do screw up.
  • It's a different media algebra when you are already famous and you seem to screw up-that may make you even more famous.
  • There was an internal screw up and you have to pay the piper.
  • We don't have the right to screw up other people's lives because of our own problems, no matter whose fault those problems may be.
  • There are honestly not that many things she can do to permanently screw up her life.
  • If you screw up, you get promoted, as long as you're a team player.
British Dictionary definitions for screw up

screw up

verb (transitive, adverb)
1.
to twist out of shape or distort
2.
to summon up or call upon to screw up one's courage
3.
(also intransitive) (informal) to mishandle or make a mess (of)
4.
(often passive) (informal) to cause to become very anxious, confused, or nervous he is really screwed up about his exams
noun
5.
(slang) something mishandled or done badly

screw

/skruː/
noun
1.
a device used for fastening materials together, consisting of a threaded and usually tapered shank that has a slotted head by which it may be rotated so as to cut its own thread as it bores through the material
2.
Also called screw-bolt. a threaded cylindrical rod that engages with a similarly threaded cylindrical hole; bolt
3.
a thread in a cylindrical hole corresponding with that on the bolt or screw with which it is designed to engage
4.
anything resembling a screw in shape or spiral form
5.
a twisting movement of or resembling that of a screw
6.
(billiards, snooker) Also called screw-back
  1. a stroke in which the cue ball recoils or moves backward after striking the object ball, made by striking the cue ball below its centre
  2. the motion resulting from this stroke
7.
another name for propeller (sense 1)
8.
(slang) a prison guard
9.
(Brit, slang) salary, wages, or earnings
10.
(Brit) a small amount of salt, tobacco, etc, in a twist of paper
11.
(slang) a person who is mean with money
12.
(slang) an old, unsound, or worthless horse
13.
(often pl) (slang) force or compulsion (esp in the phrase put the screws on)
14.
(slang) sexual intercourse
15.
(informal) have a screw loose, to be insane
16.
(slang) turn the screw, tighten the screw, to increase the pressure
verb
17.
(transitive) to rotate (a screw or bolt) so as to drive it into or draw it out of a material
18.
(transitive) to cut a screw thread in (a rod or hole) with a tap or die or on a lathe
19.
to turn or cause to turn in the manner of a screw
20.
(transitive) to attach or fasten with a screw or screws
21.
(transitive) (informal) to take advantage of; cheat
22.
(transitive) often foll by up. to distort or contort he screwed his face into a scowl
23.
Also screw back. to impart a screw to (a ball)
24.
(transitive, often foll by from or out of) to coerce or force out of; extort
25.
(slang) to have sexual intercourse (with)
26.
(transitive) (slang) to burgle
27.
(informal) have one's head screwed on, have one's head screwed on the right way, to be wise or sensible
See also screw up
Derived Forms
screwer, noun
screwlike, adjective
Usage note
The use of this otherwise utilitarian word in a sexual sense, though recorded in an 18th century slang dictionary, does not appear to have really taken off until well into the 20th. Although a classic example of the anatomical metaphor for the sex act seen from the male point of view, it can be used as a transitive verb by women, which suggests that the metaphor is all but dead
Word Origin
C15: from French escroe, from Medieval Latin scrōfa screw, from Latin: sow, presumably because the thread of the screw is like the spiral of the sow's tail
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Word Origin and History for screw up
screw
1404, from M.Fr. escroue "nut, cylindrical socket, screwhole," of uncertain etymology; not found in other Romanic languages. Perhaps via Gallo-Romance *scroba or W.Gmc. *scruva from V.L. scrobis "screw-head groove," in classical L. "ditch, trench," also "vagina" (Diez, though OED finds this "phonologically impossible"). Kluge and others trace it to L. scrofa "breeding sow," perhaps based on the shape of a pig's penis (cf. Port. porca, Sp. perca "a female screw," from L. porca "sow"). A group of apparently cognate Gmc. words (M.L.G., M.Du. schruve, Du. schroef, Ger. Schraube, Swed. skrufva "screw") often are said to be Fr. loan-words. Sense of "means of pressure or coercion" is from 1648, probably in ref. to instruments of torture (e.g. thumbscrews). Meaning "prison guard, warden" is 1812 in underworld slang, originally in reference to the key they carried. To have a screw loose "have a dangerous (usually mental) weakness" is recorded from 1810. Screwy (1820) originally meant "tipsy, slightly drunk;" sense of "crazy, ridiculous" first recorded 1887.
screw
"to twist (something) like a screw," 1599, from screw (n.). Slang meaning "to copulate" dates from at least 1725, on the notion of driving a screw into something. Meaning "a prostitute" also is attested from 1725. Slang meaning "an act of copulation" (n.) is recorded from 1929. First recorded 1949 in exclamations as a euphemism.
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Slang definitions & phrases for screw up

screw up

verb phrase
  1. To fail by blundering; ruin one's prospects, life, etc; fuck up: I screwed up and got canned (WWII Army)
  2. To confuse; tangle; spoil by bungling; ball up, fuck up: It really screws up my sex life (1938+)

screw 1

noun
  1. : She loves a good screw (1929+)
  2. A person regarded merely as a sex object: She's only a medium screw (1937+)
verb
  1. To do the sex act with or to someone; fuck • Felt by many to be excusable when fuck is the term really intended, and used as an attenuated form in nearly the whole range of fuck senses and compounds: At last people are screwing like minks (1785+)
  2. To take advantage of; swindle; maltreat; fuck • Rapidly losing all offensive impact: The city's taxpayers get screwed (1900+)
Related Terms

goat fuck, put the screws to someone, throw a fuck into someone

[screw, ''strumpet, prostitute,'' is found by 1725]


screw 2

noun

A prison guard or warden; turnkey: a hardboiled screw

[1812+ Underworld; fr 1700s underworld, ''a skeleton key,'' then turnkey, the bearer of such a key]


screw

verb

To leave hastily; flee; scram: Now go on. Screw

[entry 1896+, variant 1908+; perhaps imitative of scram; perhaps semantically derived fr fuck off, ''leave, depart,'' by way of less taboo screw off]


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Idioms and Phrases with screw up
.
Muster or summon up; see pluck up one's courage
.
Make a mess of an undertaking; also, make a mistake, as in I really screwed up this report, or She said she was sorry, admitting that she had screwed up. Some authorities believe this usage is a euphemism for fuck up [ ; c. 1940 ]
.
Injure, damage, as in I screwed up my back lifting all those heavy books.
.
Make neurotic or anxious, as in Her family really screwed her up, but her therapist has helped her a lot. [ ; mid-1900s ]
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