screw up

Primary Meanings of screw up

1.
v
make a mess of, destroy or ruin
2.
v
twist into a strained configuration
Full Definitions of screw up
1

v make a mess of, destroy or ruin

“the pianist screwed up the difficult passage in the second movement”
Synonyms:
ball up, blow, bobble, bodge, bollix, bollix up, botch, botch up, bumble, bungle, flub, fluff, foul up, fumble, louse up, mess up, mishandle, muck up, muff, spoil
Type of:
fail, go wrong, miscarry
be unsuccessful

v make more intense

“Emotions were screwed up
Synonyms:
heat up, hot up
Type of:
compound, deepen, heighten, intensify
make more intense, stronger, or more marked
2

v twist into a strained configuration

screw up one's face”
Type of:
grimace, make a face, pull a face
contort the face to indicate a certain mental or emotional state

v screw or turn higher

Type of:
screw
turn like a screw

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