screw up

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v screw up twist into a strained configuration "screw up one's face"
    • v screw up make more intense "Emotions were screwed up"
    • v screw up screw or turn higher
    • v screw up make a mess of, destroy or ruin "I botched the dinner and we had to eat out","the pianist screwed up the difficult passage in the second movement"
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Quotations

  • Donald Smith
    Donald Smith
    “Screw up your courage, you screwed up everything else.”
  • Mariah Carey
    Mariah Carey
    “A lot of people are singing about how screwed up the world is, and I don't think that everybody wants to hear about that all the time.”
  • Russell Bishop
    Russell Bishop
    “I don't know any parents that look into the eyes of a newborn baby and say, How can we screw this kid up.”
  • Charles Wolfe
    Charles Wolfe
    “Those who do remember it will find new ways to screw it up.”

Usage

In literature:

I have all the screws so loose that I can pick them up with my fingers.
"Varney the Vampire" by Thomas Preskett Prest
There, now, I've screwed it up.
"Red Pottage" by Mary Cholmondeley
Mr. Screw instantly made up his mind that the door was preferable, and disappeared.
"Doctor Claudius, A True Story" by F. Marion Crawford
The nuts were then screwed up so as to be again in close contact with the walls.
"The American Architect and Building News, Vol. 27, No. 733, January 11, 1890" by Various
Together we stood staring up at these tell-tale screw-holes and then rather blankly we stared at one another.
"The Green Eyes of Bâst" by Sax Rohmer
If the brake be screwed up tight, the lamp once more becomes dark.
"Scientific American Supplement, Vol. XV., No. 388, June 9, 1883" by Various
At this the red one screwed up his eyes, and looked and looked, but for the life of him he could not tell what it was.
"Pepper & Salt" by Howard Pyle
Or, rigidly screwing up right into wrong, did they convert a legal claim into a vexatious extortion?
"The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. III. (of 12)" by Edmund Burke
He hid her again beneath the elm plank, and, taking the screws one by one from the mantel-piece, shut her up for ever from any human gaze.
"Hugo" by Arnold Bennett
When once the station mirror was focused, it could be clamped tightly in place by screwing up the trunnion and swivel nuts.
"The Scientific American Boy" by A. Russell (Alexander Russell) Bond
What is more likely to happen, is a screwing up of rents, an increasing promptness of evictions.
"The Unpopular Review, Volume II Number 3" by Various
All screwed themselves up before falling.
"Five Months at Anzac" by Joseph Lievesley Beeston
He is screwing up courage to tell me all about it, and I write in haste before my mouth is sealed by his confidences.
"An Englishwoman's Love-Letters" by Anonymous
Well, we shall both of us have to become different: he to be brought down to the harmonious mean, we to be screwed up to it.
"Memoirs of Arthur Hamilton, B. A. Of Trinity College, Cambridge" by Arthur Christopher Benson
Peter looked at them, then swiftly up at Lord Evelyn, who swayed at his side, his glass screwed into one smiling eye.
"The Lee Shore" by Rose Macaulay
Did he ever screw his courage up to the point of proposing?
"Elster's Folly" by Mrs. Henry Wood
But Carol screwed up her face before the mirror and frowned.
"Sunny Slopes" by Ethel Hueston
As Elizabeth was wont to express it, ''E aint screwed up like other folk, so what can you expect.
"Our Elizabeth" by Florence A. Kilpatrick
That fact made a frontal attack difficult; nevertheless, having screwed himself up to speak, he began abruptly.
"King John of Jingalo" by Laurence Housman
He screwed up his nerve to write an article in the old style, and I helped him by acting as amanuensis.
"The Chequers" by James Runciman
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In poetry:

The waiter would screw up his nerve,
His fingers he'd snap and he'd dance -
And LORD LARDY would smile and observe,
"How strange are the customs of France!"
"Lorenzo De Lardy" by William Schwenck Gilbert
And if a string do slip by chance, they soon
Do screw it up again, whereby
They set it in a more melodious tune
And a diviner harmony.
For in Christ's coach they sweetly sing,
As they to glory ride therein.
"The Joy if Church Fellowship Rightly Attended" by Edward Taylor
Where once the waters of your face
Spun to my screws, your dry ghost blows,
The dead turns up its eye;
Where once the mermen through your ice
Pushed up their hair, the dry wind steers
Through salt and root and roe.
"Where Once The Waters Of Your Face" by Dylan Thomas
When once the twilight screws were turned,
And mother milk was stiff as sand,
I sent my own ambassador to light;
By trick or chance he fell asleep
And conjured up a carcass shape
To rob me of my fluids in his heart.
"When Once The Twilight Locks No Longer" by Dylan Thomas
and all of you did theses or are doing
and the moral history of what we were up to
thrives in Sir Wilson's hands—
who I don't see here—only deals go screwing
some of you out, some up—the chairmen too
are nervous, little friends—
"Dream Song 35: MLA" by John Berryman
There’s my aunt; the dear old lady hints about “experience”
When I go to her for comfort with my injured innocence.
She screws up a wise expression, while she listens, for my pains—
Isn’t it an awful pity women haven’t any brains?
"The Sorrows of a Simple Bard" by Henry Lawson

In news:

Don't Screw Up Natural Gas.
Microsoft's browser ballot screw -up cost Firefox 9M downloads.
"We Really Did Screw Up".
The critics arrived en masse in late July to preview the celebrity- screw-up -savoring Web site's transition to syndicated television, which officially launched Monday.
How to not screw up .
'A Huge Screw-Up ': CIA Attacker May Have Been Well-Known Al Qaeda Blogger.
Six Ways to Screw up Your Retirement Plan.
Microsoft's browser ballot screw-up cost Firefox 9M downloads.
Christina Aguilera's Star Spangled Banner Screw Up (Video).
Screwing up the Star Spangled Banner at the Superbowl.
Don't ' screw up ' tax talks.
CL&P to reimburse woman $10k for screw up .
We Really Did Screw Up .
Don't ' Screw Up ' Tax Talk.
Gambling & Games How To Screw Up A Good Thing, Casino Del Sol-Style.
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In science:

The Base-Board is secured to the back-standing support by four M 2.5 stainless steel screws and, if necessary, by up to four φ2.0 dowel pins.
Design of a Base-Board for arrays of closely-packed Multi-Anode Photo-Multipliers
Quite often, Monte Carlo simulations screw up not because of a bad PRNG but because of the bad usage of a PRNG.
Random Number Generators: A Survival Guide for Large Scale Simulations
Where RR made a mistake is apparent, they messed up the transformation behavior of the electric charge density and attributed to the charge a screw sense that cannot be found in nature.
An electric charge has no screw sense--a comment on the twistfree formulation of electrodynamics by da Rocha & Rodrigues
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