Phrasal Verbs

screw up

This page is about the phrasal verb screw up

INFORMAL offensive!


If you screw something up, you ruin it or you do it the wrong way.


muck up (informal), mess up, ruin

For example

  • screw up Louise really screwed up this time. We paid a lot for a fancy brochure about our seminar - and she put the wrong dates on it!

  • screw sth up If she screws anything else up, she'll lose her job.

Nouns often used as objects with screw up: job, exam, test, interview, presentation, demonstration

Quick Quiz

When we told Louise that she'd screwed up the brochures, she was

a. proud of herself

b. pleased with herself

c. upset with herself

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