screwup

noun
screw·​up | \ ˈskrü-ˌəp How to pronounce screwup (audio) \

Definition of screwup

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : one who screws up
2 : botch, blunder

screw up

verb
screwed up; screwing up; screws up

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

Right now, though, the simplest explanation seems like the most persuasive one: Epstein wanted out, and a series of screwups allowed him to beat the system, again. John Cassidy, The New Yorker, "Jeffrey Epstein and the Mysterious Deaths of the Rich and Ruined," 12 Aug. 2019 But in one of those human-error screwups that confirm all the worst assumptions of those who believe government can’t do anything well or efficiently, the warning went not unheeded so much as unseen. Kevin Cullen, BostonGlobe.com, "At the Registry of Motor Vehicles, deadly inefficiency," 2 July 2019 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

But there is no fundamental reason that your and my health care and insurance must be so screwed up to achieve that goal. John H. Cochrane, WSJ, "The Tax-and-Spend Health-Care Solution," 29 July 2018 Thanks for coming to our little town, screwing up traffic for hours and sucking up local tax dollars that could have been better spent on the actual needs of our community. Andrea Simakis, cleveland.com, "One woman’s guide to surviving Trump: writing him daily — Andrea Simakis," 11 Aug. 2019 Biden, in fact, doubly screwed up by not only getting the locations of the shootings wrong, but also mixing up the order, as the El Paso shooting occurred before the one in Dayton. Patrick May, The Mercury News, "Donald Trump confuses Toledo with Dayton, fails to mention Gilroy in mass shooting remarks," 5 Aug. 2019 Guys screw up in the NFL all the time — just look at the draft. David Furones, sun-sentinel.com, "Here’s what will determine FAU’s quarterback competition during fall camp," 3 Aug. 2019 Over time, one of several things can happen to screw up this wonderful feat of engineering. courant.com, "Car Talk: Her Lincoln Town Car can’t weather the storms," 2 Aug. 2019 Almost 24 hours later, that CEO came back sheepishly and said that franchise had screwed up. Diksha Madhok, Quartz India, "Why billionaire Anand Mahindra spends so much time on Twitter," 30 July 2019 Go go oregano: Quick-cooking, budget-friendly, and pretty hard to screw up (that dark meat is automatically juicier), chicken thighs are our default weeknight dinner—and this is our simplest recipe yet. Bon Appétit, "Oregano is For So Much More Than Pizza," 9 July 2019 Sort of screwed up all along the line in her choices. Win Mccormack, The New Republic, "The Manson Girl Who Got Away," 29 July 2019

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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

informal + disapproving
: a mistake or error
: a person who often makes mistakes especially about important things : someone who often screws up

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