Origin of screwup
Definition for screw-up (2 of 2)
- a little salt, sugar, tobacco, etc., carried in a twist of paper.
- Slang. a mean, old, or worn-out horse; a horse from which one can obtain no further service.
- Slang. a friend or employer from whom one can obtain no more money.
- Slang. a miser.
- an act of coitus.
- a person viewed as a sexual partner.
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- to waste time in foolish or frivolous activity: If you'd stop screwing around we could get this job done.
- Vulgar. to engage in promiscuous sex.
- to do nothing; loaf.
- to leave; go away.
- to ruin through bungling or stupidity: Somehow the engineers screwed up the entire construction project.
- to make a botch of something; blunder: Sorry, I guess I screwed up.
- to make confused, anxious, or neurotic: Losing your job can really screw you up.
Origin of screw
Related formsscrew·a·ble, adjectivescrew·er, nounscrew·less, adjectivescrew·like, adjective
Examples from the Web for screw-up
But tales from the back office never make the headlines unless there is a screw-up.
Jerry aside, who on the ACN team bears the most responsibility for the “Genoa” screw-up?Jeff Daniels on the Most Explosive Episode of ‘The Newsroom’ Yet|Marlow Stern|August 26, 2013|DAILY BEAST
“This was a screw-up that could have been disastrous,” he told them.The Boston Bombings: Here Comes the Second-Guessing|Daniel Klaidman|April 19, 2013|DAILY BEAST
What is known of the evidence on Hazmi and Mihdhar, however, makes the screw-up version hard to swallow.
British Dictionary definitions for screw-up
- 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
- the motion resulting from this stroke
Derived Formsscrewer, nounscrewlike, adjective
Word Origin for screw
Idioms and Phrases with screw-up
In addition to the idioms beginning with screw
- screw around
- screw loose
- screw someone out of
- screw up
- screw up one's courage
- screw you
- have a screw loose
- pluck (screw) up one's courage
- tighten the screws
- turn up the heat (put the screws on)