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
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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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