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screwup

or screw-up

[ skroo-uhp ]
/ ˈskruˌʌp /
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noun Slang.
a mistake or blunder: The package was delayed through an addressing screwup.
a habitual blunderer.
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Origin of screwup

1955–60; Americanism; noun use of verb phrase screw up
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How to use screwup in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for screwup

screw up

verb (tr, adverb)
to twist out of shape or distort
to summon up or call uponto 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 nervoushe is really screwed up about his exams
noun screw-up
slang something mishandled or done badly
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Other Idioms and Phrases with screwup

screw up

1

Muster or summon up; see pluck up one's courage.

2

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. [Slang; c. 1940]

3

Injure, damage, as in I screwed up my back lifting all those heavy books. [Slang]

4

Make neurotic or anxious, as in Her family really screwed her up, but her therapist has helped her a lot. [Slang; mid-1900s]

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