Verb: screw up
- The complete mismanagement or mishandling of a situation
"a typical bureaucratic screwup"
- Make a mess of, destroy or ruin
"the pianist screwed up the difficult passage in the second movement";
- botch, bodge [Brit], bumble, fumble, botch up, muff, blow, flub [N. Amer], ball up, spoil, muck up, bungle, fluff, bobble [N. Amer], mishandle, louse up, foul up, mess up, butcher, balls up, cock up [Brit], goof up
- Make more intense
"Emotions were screwed up";
- heat up, hot up [Brit]
- Screw or turn higher
- Twist into a strained configuration
"screw up one's face"
Derived forms: screwups, screwed up, screwing up, screws up
Type of: compound, deepen, fail, go wrong, grimace, heighten, intensify, make a face, miscarry, misdirection, mismanagement, pull a face, screw