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Noun: screwup
  1. The complete mismanagement or mishandling of a situation
    "a typical bureaucratic screwup"
Verb: screw up
  1. 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, goof up, cock up [Brit], balls up
  2. Make more intense
    "Emotions were screwed up";
    - heat up, hot up [Brit]
  3. Screw or turn higher
  4. Twist into a strained configuration
    "screw up one's face"

Derived forms: screws up, screwed up, screwing up, screwups

Type of: compound, deepen, fail, go wrong, grimace, heighten, intensify, make a face, miscarry, misdirection, mismanagement, pull a face, screw

Encyclopedia: Screwup