a mistake or blunder: The package was delayed through an addressing screwup.
a habitual blunderer.
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How to use screwup in a sentence
In all honesty she may be handling it better, in terms of not letting it affect her as a person or screw up her life.Jeopardy! Champion Julia Collins’s Brain Feels Like Mush | Sujay Kumar | November 20, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
In the wake of such a grisly screw up, it is tempting to play the blame game.
Assuming, that is, that creator Alex Gansa & Co. don't screw up next week's finale.‘Homeland’ Is Finally Back On Track with Season 3’s Penultimate Episode, “Big Man in Tehran” | Andrew Romano | December 9, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Therein, it seems to me, lies the fundamental screw-up with the roll-out.
But tales from the back office never make the headlines unless there is a screw-up.
Insert a screw in the hole of the stop and adjust it to the desired height by turning the screw up or down.The Boy Mechanic, Book 2 | Various
He was half English and had half a right to a monocle, but Molly wished he wouldn't screw up his eye like that.Molly Brown's Sophomore Days | Nell Speed
When the nitration is completed, screw up the clamps and so occlude the two pieces of pressure tubing.The Elements of Bacteriological Technique | John William Henry Eyre
When the stuffing-box has been filled, place the gland in position and screw up tight.Farm Engines and How to Run Them | James H. Stephenson
I am now determined to ask her to marry me on the first occasion I can screw up my courage sufficiently.Man and Maid | Elinor Glyn
British Dictionary definitions for screw up
to twist out of shape or distort
to summon up or call upon: to screw up one's courage
(also intr) informal to mishandle or make a mess (of)
(often passive) informal to cause to become very anxious, confused, or nervous: he is really screwed up about his exams
slang something mishandled or done badly
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Other Idioms and Phrases with screwup
Muster or summon up; see pluck up one's courage.
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