- v. Simple past tense and past participle of screw up.
- adj. of a piece of paper Having been screwed into a ball.
- adj. idiomatic, colloquial Broken, damaged, inoperative or having only partial functioning, especially by inept handling.
- adj. idiomatic, colloquial Having psychological problems; being mentally distraught.
“Lacklander shook his head and screwed up his eyes.”
“But when the commander of a TOW detachment, his Ml 13 lying hidden and by-passed by the Soviet tanks, screwed up all his courage and, with a quaking heart, gave the order to fire at 100 metres at a T72, a deadly blow was struck.”
“Her face screwed up into an expression of distaste, and not just because it was disgusting.”
“You still have dreams of going home, unlike those of us who screwed up and have to make the best of tings.”
“Mr. Poyser was leaning forward, with his elbows on his knees, his head on one side, and his mouth screwed up — apparently absorbed in making the tips of his fingers meet so as to represent with perfect accuracy the ribs of a ship.”
“She had screwed up her honey-gold eyes, her freckled nose wrinkling.”
“Glimpses of slat-shadowed faces, screwed up in rage.”
“Brewster attempted to cover our violation by telling the flight-line mechanics he had screwed up the landing.”
“God better help us if we screwed up anything because management would shish-kebab our testicles if we did.”
“He now sat in second, because Marshall Tilghman had screwed up his reload in the Buffalo Gulch thing, and Two-Gun Jack had had a couple of misfires—his own handloads!”
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