screwup

noun
screw·​up | \ˈskrü-ˌəp \

Definition of screwup 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : one who screws up

2 : botch, blunder

screw up

verb

Definition of screw up (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to tighten, fasten, or lock by or as if by a screw

2a : bungle, botch

b : to cause to act or function in a crazy or confused way : confound, disturb

intransitive verb

: to botch an activity or undertaking

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Examples of screwup in a Sentence

Noun

That was a major screwup. She's a screwup who can't hold down a job.

Verb

we all screw up from time to time, so don't sweat it you've totally screwed up the spreadsheet
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The project—and tight-fisted Congress—probably can't handle more cleaning solvent screwups. Eric Niiler, WIRED, "Delays, Rising Costs Plague NASA's James Webb Space Telescope," 27 June 2018 Irgo never expressed any desire to see Japan, but the 10-year-old German Shepard found himself on an unexpected flight from Denver to the Tokyo area thanks to a United Airlines screwup Tuesday. Andrew Theen, OregonLive.com, "From Salem to Denver to Japan: A dog's unplanned journey to the Far East thanks to United Airlines," 14 Mar. 2018 Even the president is said to have worried about the beating the young pair, especially his beloved daughter, have taken in the press for their screwups and failures. The Editors Of Gq, GQ, "The 50 Most Powerful People In Trump’s Washington*," 22 Feb. 2018 Well, a lot of things: more positive attitudes about the GOP tax bill (which Democrats never stopped attacking); more economic optimism; and a stretch of time when President Trump didn’t dominate the news with some fresh hellish screwup. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "Is Democratic Cooperation With Trump Depressing Supporters?," 11 Feb. 2018 There have been screwups on the field, questionable decisions from the managers, the usual foibles that have critics pointing the fingers of blame. Bruce Jenkins, San Francisco Chronicle, "It’s Game 7, as it should be, in the World Series," 31 Oct. 2017 In the end, a diluted version of the government screwup that took Barb's (Shannon Purser) life is exposed, catapulting Hawkins into the national spotlight. Ashley Hoffman, Time, "Stranger Things," 27 Oct. 2017 Miazga meanders in his analysis but his takeaway is simple enough: both Byrnes and Legg were screwups. Justin Nobel, Longreads, "Atomic City," 5 Sep. 2017 The whole thing was filmed in one session, screwups and all. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "5 Fascinating Things You Didn’t Know About Julia Child, America’s Most Beloved Chef," 15 Aug. 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Given how much every major tech company has screwed up on security, privacy, just basic decency. Recode Staff, Recode, "Full transcript: Corey Pein, author of ‘Live Work Work Work Die,’ on Recode Decode," 13 June 2018 There are plenty of ways to screw up your suit—too big, too small, matchy-matchy pocket square, you were measured for it via algorithm—but blue suit-plus-brown shoes isn’t one of them. Sam Schube, GQ, "Trump's economic adviser has one very unnecessary rule for wearing a suit.," 29 May 2018 But no plan can foresee all the ways that a utility might screw up, says Tom Long, legal director of the consumer advocacy group the Utility Reform Network (TURN). Michael Hiltzik, latimes.com, "Big utilities are desperately trying to stick customers for the bills from California wildfires," 4 May 2018 Even though the Bundy story is woven from lies and mistruths, there are plenty of moments where the government really has screwed up — playing directly into the hands of the Bundy clan. Leah Sottile, Longreads, "Bundyville Chapter Four: The Gospel of Bundy," 18 May 2018 Adding an unexpected flourish to a classic dish without screwing up its essential nature is hard, says Danny Grant, executive chef at Maple & Ash (8 W. Maple St.). Nick Kindelsperger, chicagotribune.com, "Long live the wedge salad, America's silliest salad," 21 June 2018 No one dies on a golf course (Tony Finau’s ankle aside) but, like in climbing, the margin for error is sometimes as wafer-thin as a Monty Python after-dinner mint and the results of screwing up almost as calamitous. Brian Koppelman, SI.com, "Appreciating the Lonely Determination of the Modern Golfer," 5 Apr. 2018 It almost got screwed up with the Whiskey Rebellion. Recode Staff, Recode, "Full transcript: Former NSA and CIA director General Michael Hayden on Recode Decode," 19 June 2018 Everyone is good-looking and clever, and the characters are all screwed up and enjoyable in their own ways. Andrew Sharp, SI.com, "Kevin Durant Won't Leave the Warriors, But Maybe He Should," 8 June 2018

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First Known Use of screwup

Noun

1844, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1625, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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screwup

noun

English Language Learners Definition of screwup

: a mistake or error

: a person who often makes mistakes especially about important things : someone who often screws up

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